Yes, We are a family farm. In fact, my husband and I are the third generation to own and run the farm. Over the years many things have changed, but we hope that this means each generation is preparing it for the next, doing what has to be done to ensure that it is sustainable…. or that it is a viable livelihood, business and lifestyle for the next generation.
Believe it or not, over 97% of all farms in the United States are family owned and operated. Some farms have given themselves names or incorporated in order to have a greater presence / visibility in the market or simply out of desire for a particular structure of the business, but they are still owned and run by a family.
Our farm currently consists of my husband and I, one full time employee (who has been with us for over 25 years), and 3 part-time employees. We are still a family farm. We are bigger than when we began in 1919, we raise different crops, have different equipment, different strategies, and a need for help in addition to ourselves, but we are still a family farm. Being a family farm is something we take pride in and plan our future in order to stay part of the 97 % of farms nation wide that are family owned and run!