Tucked in the mountains of northeast Washington, a little antique shop welcomes visitors to Front Porch Farm. Further down the lane lies the small diversified farm that Dee Acheson and his wife, Liz started nearly 20 years ago.
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The Greet family is proud to have four generations on their centennial ranch near Ten Sleep, Wyoming. While old farms and ranches can be found across the country, the Greet’s place is especially unique.
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When his grandfather was forced to retire after a stroke, Chris Sumpter was suddenly given the chance to farm. He was only 18 years old. As the fourth generation on the farm with a lot of success in both 4-H and FFA, Chris felt he was up to the challenge.
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Just like other businesses, many farms work best when each person is in charge of something different. At Haldeman Farms in Pennsylvania each member of the team has a specific set of responsibilities matched with their talents. Brothers Gern and Tim Haldeman, and Martha Graybill each have very different roles on the farm, but together, their efforts are what make the large family farm work.
For Gern, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” was never even a question. He always knew he was going to farm.
“I don’t remember what grade it was, but when I was in elementary school the teacher had us imagine what we were going to be or what we were going to do when we grew up. I remember saying, ‘I don’t need to do this because I know what I’m going to do.’ And the teacher said, ‘You don’t know what you’re going to do.’ I said, ‘No. I know what I’m going to do.’ She said, ‘What is that?’ I said, ‘I’m going to be a farmer.’ That still didn’t get me out of the exercise. I had no idea how, when or where it was going to happen, but I knew somehow I was going to be a farmer because that’s who I was, that’s all I enjoyed, that’s what I did.”
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As a little girl, Christmas mornings didn’t consist of pink clothes, Barbie dolls, and makeup. There were toy tractors, model horses, plastic hay bales, barns, and even fences. I mean, you can’t have a horse barn without fencing, right? But I didn’t just ask Santa for farm toys; I asked for real animals.
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