Family Farming Trends: How To Use Your Farm To Serve Your Community


When people think about a family farm, they may imagine a peaceful country scene where the cares of the world are far away. This envy of farms may be one of the reasons that new family farming trends—such as using farms for educational tours, offering lodging along with an interactive farming experience, creating a community garden, or housing large farm animals for others—are growing in popularity. Using your farm to serve your local community can be a rewarding experience the whole family can participate in.  

Educational tours

One of the easiest ways to serve your local community is to offer your farm as a place for educational tours for school-aged children. Kids who do not have farming families may never get to visit a real working farm and may only be able to read about farming in books. Opening your farm to tours for a local school will give children an up close look at how farms operate and may spark their interest in becoming farmers in the future.

Lodging for visitors

Family farm sanctuaries are popping up in a variety of locations across the country. If you have a large farmhouse, you may want to consider turning part of the house into a bed and breakfast for traveling guests or simply offer lodging for families to visit and take part in a weekend of farming. Interactive farming vacations give your guests the chance to experience the joys of farm life for a day or two.

Community gardening

Community gardening not only gives the local community a sense of belonging but also provides food for local people in need. You can establish a community garden in a field near a road for easy access and invite members of the community to participate in the planting, weeding, and harvesting of fresh produce. This is a great activity for families with children.

Providing shelter for animals

Many people dream of owning larger animals, such as a horse, cow, or sheep, but live in a city where restrictions prevent them from doing so. Renting out a barn or section of a field to house large animals will benefit you financially and help someone in your local town.

There are many ways to use your family farm to serve the people around you. Whether you decide to open your farm to give tours to school children, grow a community garden, offer lodging for guests, or house large animals on your farm, the rewards are many. Not only will you be helping others, but you will be contributing to the good of your community.


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