I am not sure if you realize the impact that modern life is having on families that are generational farmers.
- The growing population, development of farmlands, and cost of producing crops is putting many out of business.
Even the changes in the environment such as worsening storms is having a grave impact on their livelihoods. In order to stay relevant many farmers are turning to new innovations and new crops to make a living for their future families. Whether it is the use of solar power to cut costs, new machinery to make the jobs easier, or new crops, they do what they can to make ends meet. It all comes down to the old saying of “work smarter, not harder”. If the job can be done with updated machines to cut labor costs it makes sense to make the investment. If you are a farm that largely produced a product that is no longer in high demand or has a limited value on the market, you may want to look into something more lucrative. This is where the growing interest in marijuana farms comes in. You may be surprised by the number of large farms that have been converted to greenhouse farming to produce both medical and recreational marijuana. This can benefit the farmer in many ways. They can sell off excess land that is no longer being used to homeowners or developers, they can produce a product in half the space and do it year round, and they can even use solar energy to maintain an environment in which the product is grown. All of this makes a lot of sense to even the oldest of farming families.