It’s More Than a Hobby: The Importance of Keeping Farming Alive
If you’re a farmer, you know all about slogging through the mud and snow to tend the livestock before the sun rises. You’re very familiar with those long days in early spring where every muscle in your body aches after preparing the soil and planting the garden and fields.
And, let’s not forget about the hot, humid, dog days of summer spent pulling weeds and harvesting crops without one cloud in the sky to block the unrelenting sun…
Yup, farming can be tough! So, why do it? For many, making a living from the land is like a balm for the soul. Getting away from urban life and the endless monotony of stress, noise, cubicles, and traffic is literally a dream come true.
Of course, eating tomatoes fresh from the vine and collecting eggs from your very own chickens is pretty sweet too. For many of us so-called “hobby farmers,” it’s much more than a hobby. It’s the life we were meant to live. Deep down in your heart and soul, you know you were meant to be a farmer.
Sadly, over the last several decades, societies across the globe have moved away from farming and begun to focus more on industry… including industrialized agriculture. Thankfully, here in the US, there are still lots of small farmers like us out there… and that number is beginning to trend up.
If you’ve been thinking about transitioning to the farming lifestyle, what are you waiting for? Here are some great reasons to keep farming alive on a personal, local, national, and international level!
Not only do you get to spend your days outdoors in a beautiful setting, but you also get to be your own boss. Yes, you’ll probably have to work long hours, but you can set your own schedule. Even more than that, you can’t beat the job security. Everyone on the planet has to eat, and they can’t do that without farmers.
As an added bonus, there’s no dress code, no commute, and you can take your dog (or your kids) to work with you every day! Thanks to the physical labor you’ll be in great shape and never have to step foot in the gym.
And, farmers tend to form a tight-knit community. They often work together to get the big jobs done. It’s a great way to form strong relationships with like-minded people in your area.
But even better than that, you get to choose what you grow. Do you get excited about grass-fed beef and pork, organic veggies, mushrooms, hydroponically grown salad greens, or fields of strawberries? The options are literally endless. Discover what you’re passionate about and make your living growing it!
On the local level, farming is a fantastic way to support your local economy. Farmers provide employment opportunities for local job seekers on a variety of levels.
From laborers to seasonal harvesters and farm equipment repair technicians to butchers, scientists, delivery drivers, grocers, farmer’s market vendors, and so much more, farming provides endless jobs and opportunities in the community.
As a farmer, you have the power to help heal the planet. Farmers who practice sustainable growing methods, rely on the latest agriculture and farming technology, and sell their products locally are the future of food security. You get to choose to be part of the problem or part of the solution to the world’s growing environmental and food supply issues.
As you’ll see below, farming is essential to local, national, and international economies. It’s only natural that agriculture has driven some of the most exciting innovations in technology.
From the use of artificial intelligence in agriculture to increase production and indoor farming methods to control the growing environment and reduce waste, scientists and modern farmers are working hand in hand to make our global food supply more reliable while reducing industrialized agriculture’s negative impacts on the planet.
For many technology companies and scientists, the fields of farming and agriculture are some of the most exciting to work in.
Farming is essential to industry too. Many people don’t realize that farming is the main source of many raw materials, including those used to make medications, plastic, diesel, and much more. The palm oil, wood, cotton, and sugar many industries rely upon come from farmers. Farm products are essential to industry and production on local, national, and international levels.
Those raw materials we mentioned above make up a large portion of the products that countries around the world trade internationally. Countries who produce an excess of certain products use them to trade for things that they can’t produce. Whenever a country’s farmers struggle, prices on the items they export can go up and supplies go down across the globe due to the disruption in trade.
Speaking of trade, it’s also important to recognize that many developing and third-world countries get most of their income from farming exports. While first-world countries like the United States aren’t as dependent on farming as they used to be, economies across the globe would suffer a huge loss if farming exports were suddenly halted.
The bottom line is, keeping farming alive is important because it’s an essential part of everyday life on so many levels. It’s a source of livelihood, as well as a major contributor to the world’s economy and overall health. The benefits of food security, better nutrition, and a healthier planet are beyond measure… not just on a personal level, but also for all of humanity.