Women Farmers used to have a negative connotation, were overworked and not always appreciated. Florine was a Farmers wife for over 50 years, She would get up at 4:30 am, when she got to sleep in, and went to bed between 11 pm and 2 am.
She not only milked the cows, sold the produce and meat, but also made the meals and cleaned, did laundry and baked Cakes and other pastries to help her make an income.
They made quite a bit of money during those 50 years, bought more and more land to help grow their income and their outreach into the community. But they also started having physical ailments due to overworking.
To be successful, do you need to overwork your body to be a successful Farmer?
Look at the following statistics and see what you think were you want to be.
Most farm households earn the majority of their income from off-farm sources and off-farm income is expected to increase by 3.0 percent in 2011, to 51,889.
In contrast to the general farm household population, households associated with commercial farms (those with gross sales of $250,000 or more) derive the majority of their income from farming activities. Their median income from farming increased by 11.5 percent in 2010, and their total household income increased by 11.3 percent, to $117,854.
Households associated with intermediate farms (those with gross sales less than $250,000 whose operators consider farming their primary occupation) also saw a substantial increase in total income, 11.6 percent, though it reflects greater income from both farm and off-farm sources.
See the farm typology discussion below for more information on intermediate and commercial farms.
Mean farm household income was $87,780 in 2010, up 13.8 percent from 2009, and was driven by increases in income from farm and off-farm sources. Mean income is higher than median income because the farm operator household population contains some households with exceptionally high incomes, which increases the mean more than the median.
Median farm income, median off-farm income, and median total income of farm operator households, by farm typology, 2009-11f
provide by the 2007 Census of Agriculture United States Data
What this Data indicates is that Women are the Fastest growing sector in farming. Those that Focus on Farming, whether it is Ecological Gardening, Permaculture or Aquatic Farming, those who consider Farming as their main occupation tend to make double that in income as those that are focused on farming as a hobby.
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