Last week an article came out talking about those in urban communities who tried to raise chickens in their backyards and the challenges those urban farmers quickly discovered. It says that many are getting rid of their chickens due to predators (raccoons, foxes, hawks and even dogs), challenges with noise and smell, and above all, the work and knowledge needed to raise egg layers. Maybe farming wasn’t as easy as they thought?
The article said:
“Despite visions of quaint coops, happy birds and cheap eggs, the growing trend of raising backyard chickens in urban settings is backfiring, critics say, as disillusioned city dwellers dump unwanted fowl on animal shelters and sanctuaries.”
Much has changed about farming from the romantic idea of bib overalls and pitch forks. And depending on the crop, type of livestock and geographical location, farming today isn’t as nearly as labor intensive as it was 20, 50, or 75 years ago. Advancements in equipment, crop protection and seed genetics have all changed farm labor.
This doesn’t mean that farmers don’t work hard. Some labor has become less intensive, some has just changed. Farming still means long hours – dawn to dusk – whether caring for animals, checking crops or working in the office.
Farmers wear many hats today, from accountants to agronomists to animal caretakers. Not to mention, they are often spouses and parents. A farmer’s life depends on many uncontrollable factors from weather to commodity markets. Each day is a gamble – farming isn’t easy.
Farmers, share the many hats you wear and what a day on the farm is like for you. You can share your story here: http://www.fooddialogues.com/farmers-ranchers/share