It seems to me that a lot of this labeling or refusing to allow a label may be a reflection of the class warfare being waged in our country. There are those who want to put a limit on what is okay to have or have not.
If Farmer One has too many acres, he is too big, he can’t be considered a hard-working family farmer. Is it only Farmer Two, who has a five-acre garden he handpicks himself, who can be considered a hard-working family farmer?
Is it really too many acres, or is it that Farmer One appears to be more successful than Farmer Two? I hope our country is not going toward a time when the American dream of running a successful family business of any size will be looked upon as a bad thing.
I have decided to create the definition of a family farmer that will apply to this blog site for the rest of the blog’s life: Family Farmer (noun)–a person or persons growing food, fiber and fuel who are actively engaged in the day-to-day operation and process of growing a crop, regardless of the size of the operation or processes.
The person or persons must care for and about the land they use to grow the food, fiber and fuel. They must go about the growing process in a responsible manner, following strict guidelines set forth by the USDA, FDA and EPA.