The Family Business: Getting (and Keeping) Everyone Involved in the Farm

Two girls playing is mud on farm

Farm families know how to keep it together. They work hard, play hard and have fun in the process. Unfortunately, it’s getting harder and harder to keep kids on the farm because of increased regulatory requirements, input costs and competition from foreign markets. Combined with the attitude many children pick up from their peers in school, it can make it really difficult to get and keep everybody involved in farm operations for this generation and for years to come. Here’s my view from the pasture on how to make it work.

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The Family Business: Getting (and Keeping) Everyone Involved

Two girls playing is mud on farm

Farm families know how to keep it together. They work hard, play hard and have fun in the process. Unfortunately, it’s getting harder and harder to keep kids on the farm because of increased regulatory requirements, input costs and competition from foreign markets. Combined with the attitude many children pick up from their peers in school, it can make it really difficult to get and keep everybody involved in farm operations for this generation and for years to come. Here’s my view from the pasture on how to make it work.

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An Intergenerational Garden – GTTY September

Broccolli is still producing in September in upstate NY.

Gardening Through the Year!

September is a month for harvesting, second only to August.  With the cooler days and nights and shorter days the spring crops grow with vigor.  Some seedlings planted out in April will not be harvested until next month, others planted from seed in May are brought in just before the first frost.  Let’s look at the garden from the perspective of the maturity of the plants.

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