Farming covers a lot of ground (no pun intended). It can cover everything from soil preparation to cleaning up after a harvest and everything in between. In some places, tractors and other equipment are used. In other places, like the Philippines, working or draft animals like the kalabaw (water buffalo) do most of the work.
This major category includes the following subcategories. Farming can include people, land, equipment, crops and animals. The type of farm determines the product.
There are city people who look down on farms and everyone involved with them, especially in rural areas. They easily forget that without farms, they wouldn’t have anything to eat. In my opinion, farmers are more important than bankers and politicians. Very few occupations can be considered more important than farming.
My paternal grandparents (and their children) were migrant farmers until they got too old to continue. They still maintained their own home farm for years after that. After my grandfather died in the early 1960s, my grandmother continued to raise chickens, hogs and cattle. I don’t remember everything she raised, but I remember the plum trees.
My grandmother rarely went shopping compared to people who didn’t have home farms. She had hens laying eggs, and my family bought some of her eggs and slaughtered chickens. She milked her cows and churned her own butter. Her children (my uncles) butchered hogs for bacon, ham and whatever else comes from pigs. She passed away in the eighties at the age of 90, outliving some of her children (she had 11).