Small Farms Week
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This week, March 21 – 26, is Small Farms Week at North Carolina A&T State University and we, at the Union County Extension Center would like to take this opportunity to celebrate our small farmers. We are often asked what the definition of a small farm is and as Extension Agents often say “it depends”. There is no universal definition, however there are agencies that have their own definition of a farm or small farm. For example, the USDA defines a small farm as growing and selling between $1,000 and $250,000 in agricultural products. Here at the Extension Office our definition of a small farm is much broader. Oftentimes small farmers that we work with are selling directly to consumers and come from diverse backgrounds. Small farms in our area can be commercial but they can also include hobby farmers and lifestyle farmers. These types of farms often sell or distribute food for local consumption and strive for goals that benefit the greater community. Achieving these goals and farming success requires a great amount of knowledge and hard work. The people that do this work are passionate about growing food for their community and enjoy a lifestyle of living close to the land.
Many small farms rely on the communities they serve. Lifting up, celebrating and supporting small farms is important to ensure their success. As small farms succeed, so does our local food system creating healthy engaged communities. These farms bring beauty to our landscapes, contribute to our culture and generate economic activity. So celebrate Small Farms along with us this week and enjoy the benefits they provide to Union County.