The Many Roles of a Farmer

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Many people do not realize how complex farming truly is. There are many kinds of farming (eg. livestock, crop, tree, dairy, and many more) and each type of farming requires specialized skills and knowledge. A farmers task varies greatly according to the type of farming, the type of crop or livestock, which machinery and equipment are used, and what size the farming operation is. Below are just a few examples of the different roles that a farmer has:

Veterinarian- must be able to assist with the birth of animals, recognize disease, and administer medicine

Meteorologist- must have a good understanding of weather and climate in order to plan and be prepared for weather changes

Mechanic- must know how to operate heavy machinery, as well as fix it

Nutritionist- must know how to properly feed livestock on the farm and supply the nutrition they need to be healthy

Scientist- must have knowledge of soil composition in order to know which seeds to use, as well as which fertilizers to use

Engineer- must have knowledge of constructing various buildings, fences, irrigation ditches, and how to use natural resources

Business Manager- must have knowledge of how a business runs, the selling of farm products, also keep track of farm equipment and be responsible for payments

Resource Conservationist- must be able to recognize species of plants and trees and know when and how to properly clear trees, prevent soil erosion, and be able to recognize and manage fire

On Sunday, August 18 our POP Club kids will be learning about the roles of a farmer with a Hats Farmers Wear activity. Learn more about the POP Club here and visit us at the market to register.

The POP Club is a farmer’s market-based kids program. Children (ages 5 – 12 years old) will learn about fruits and vegetables, local food systems and healthy food preparation through fun activities all season long.

Each week children will earn a $3 market token to use towards any fruit or vegetable of their choice. There is no cost to participate and the program runs every Sunday rain or shine!

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