To many it may come as no surprise that the farming lifestyle is regaining popularity across the nation. However, what might come as a surprise is that antique farming practices are also regaining popularity. In describing antique farming one might think of pre 1950 farming practices, and the equipment that might have been used during that time period. So what’s with this new found interest one might ask. The answer would simply be because people want to experience the lifestyle of our ancestors. Some are viewing this type of lifestyle and the skills that go with it as a lost art form.
The American Living History Farm
Some might refer to these types of farms across America as living history farms. Some of these farms are open for the public to visit and some are private farms operated by owners who simply share a love of collecting antique farm equipment and doing things the old fashioned way. You won’t find any commercial milking machines on these farms. You will actually get the experience of milking the cow by hand, which one can be assured is quite eventful. Even the beloved alarm clock is replaced with the early morning calls of the barnyard rooster. This is quickly followed by the collecting of eggs that were laid the day before, again all done by hand. Visitors get to experience the coveted early morning sunrise and lightly misted dew along with a fresh home brewed cup of coffee. Some may even start to think that early American farmers may not have had it so tough after all.
So What’s With All The Fuss About Farming?
Some people might find it surprising to learn that children today often don’t realize that their milk, butter, cheese, etc. comes from cows. They don’t realize that their vegetables grow out of the ground. Many kids might think these things simply come pre-packaged from the grocery store. Families are realizing how important it is for their children to be exposed to agriculture and be aware of where their food comes from. Well, there is no better way to learn than actually experiencing something. Some might say you are getting both a history lesson and an agriculture lesson at once by attending a living history farm. One other thing you can count on is that your family will have a fun memorable experience that will not soon be forgotten.