One of the most common observations during this project was that the enthusiasm participating farmers have about their businesses and how much they love the lifestyle of farming. Participants were asked to rate three “factors of success” on a scale of 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest), with the following results:
- Economic success of my farm – average rating 5.1
- Lifestyle benefits from my farming operation – average rating 8.6
- Enhancement of community involvement – average rating 5.4
Among the farmers interviewed, the lifestyle provided by farming is highly important and satisfying. It’s not all about the money.
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