I am not exactly sure if you realize the impact that modern life is having on families that are generational farmers.
The growing population, development of various farmlands, and cost of producing crops is putting several families out of business.
Even climate change is having a grave impact on their livelihoods… In order to stay relevant several farmers are turning to modern innovations and modern crops to make a decent living for their future families. Whether it is the use of solar power to manage costs, modern machinery to make the jobs easier, or modern crops, they do what they are able to in order to make ends meet. It all boils 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 a ton of 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 completely more lucrative. This is where the growing interest in marijuana farms comes in, but you may be amazed by the number of huge farms that have been converted to greenhouse farming to produce medical and recreational marijuana. This can benefit the farmer in all kinds of ways. They can sell off excess land that is no not being used to homeowners or developers, they can produce a product in half the space and do it all through the year. They can even use solar energy to maintain an environment in which the product is locally grown. All of this makes a lot of sense to even the oldest of farming families.