MAY 5-11 IS FAMILY FARM WEEK IN ALABAMA
A century ago, a family farm may have consisted of 40 acres and a mule. While families still work and live on farms across Alabama, how they farm and the size of those operations have changed a great deal.
As more families move to jobs in the city, the concept of a family farm may be harder for urban residents to understand. With that in mind, Alabama will celebrate Family Farm Week May 5-11 as designated in a joint resolution adopted by the Alabama Legislature.
Jerry Newby, president of the Alabama Farmers Federation, said it's important that family farms be recognized for the lifestyle and heritage they are preserving, and for the positive economic and environmental impact they have on the state.
"Much of Alabama's history includes families living and working on farms," Newby said. "While agriculture is still our state's largest industry, it has changed in many ways. Although there are fewer farmers, they still feed and clothe all of us. Farms today are businesses run by families who work and live on the land, but in many cases they are much larger than the farms of a century ago."
In observance of the special week, county Federations throughout the state will hold a variety of activities, including proclamation signings by local government officials.