What is a farm?

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A farm is an area of land where livestock (animals) are raised and crops (plants) are grown for use as food, fiber, and fuel. The people who own and work on the farm are called farmers.

A farm usually has buildings where equipment such as tractors and supplies are stored. Some farms also have buildings where livestock are housed. These buildings usually have different names depending on the type of livestock that lives there. For example, chickens live in poultry houses and pigs live in swine parlors—sounds fancy, doesn’t it?! 

Farms are busy places. A day on the farm usually starts before the sun rises and ends after the sun has set. Farmers do not work alone. They have help from their families and other workers. Farmers do not take many vacations because there is always work that needs to be done. 

There are many different kinds of farms. Large corporate farms grow one or two major crops or livestock. Middle-sized and small-sized farms grow many different types of crops and livestock.

Each type of farm has a list of chores that must be done every day. To get an idea of life on different kinds of farms, click on a farm type below.




Dairy farms

Fish farms 

Poultry farms

Hog farms

Truck farms (no, they don’t grow trucks!) 

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