Wednesday, June 29, 2022

ON THE WAY TO SKYLINE DRIVE

 Last month we decided to point our car in the direction of Skyline Drive, and these bucolic rural scenes were on the way.

There was also a lot of farmland.


According to a website I found at this link:

 There are 43,225 farms in Virginia.  

The typical Virginia farmer is 58.5 years old.  

The average farm size is 181 acres.

Farms cover 7.8 million acres.

Approximately 36 percent of Virginia's primary farm operators are female.

Less than 15 cents of every consumer dollar spent on food actually goes to the farmer.

The website sources are from the 2017 USDA Census of Agriculture, 2016 survey data from National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and the Economic Reserarch Service (ERS).


"Agriculture is the most healthful, most useful and most noble employment of man.

~George Washington~


"We have neglected the truth, that a good farmer is a craftsman of the highest order, a kind of artist."

~Wendell Berry~


I am once again thanking and remembering our farmers.





34 comments:

  1. The amount of money that the farmers receive is horrifying. I suspect that the same is true here. Which is sad and bad.

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  2. Same here in Germany, farmers profit the least...beautiful rural scenes, Denise, thanks for sharing them.

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    1. Thank you Angie and you are very welcome :) I expect this is the case the world over.

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  3. Yes no farmers no food. They have a hard job and are very much reliant on the weather. Lovely photographs of the farmland

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    1. Thank you Margaret :) and regarding our farmers, very true.

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  4. It's sad the farmers do the work and profit so little. Love seeing the silhouetted silos.

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    1. Hi Anni and thank you :) Those silos beg to be photographed. Very true regarding your comment on the farmers.

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  5. Beautiful farm land. That is unbelievably sad how little a farmer gets for his hard work.

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    1. I agree Ann, it's not right is it? Thank you :)

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    1. Fico muito feliz que tenha gostado das minhas fotos. Obrigado :) Um abraço e continuação de boa semana.

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  7. Beautiful views from your drive. Take care, have a happy day!

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    1. Thank you Eileen :) You take care and have a happy week also.

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  8. This is inspiring. Nothing like a nice drive!
    (ツ) from Jenn Jilks , ON, Canada!

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    1. Thank you Jenn and I couldn't agree more, nothing like a nice drive :)

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  9. the photos are so peaceful and beautiful. I dread the fact that farms are falling by the wayside these days. and am so sorry they have to struggle to grow our badly needed food. My cousins here are all farmers, but not for local produce, they sell tomatoes to Huntey and Potatoes to the chip people, they are helping feed the USA and around the road. it is a struggle because of drought and heat and climate changes. not as profitable as it was for their dad, grand and great grands

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    1. Hi Sandra and thank you :) Thank you cousins for me too. The weather plays a major part in their lives, that's for sure and we owe them so much. There will never be enough thank you's for all they do to keep food on our tables.

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  10. How can these farmers support themselves with so little money? Gigi Hawaii

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    1. Thank you Gigi :) it is mind boggling for all the long hours, tiring and backbreaking work they do.

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  11. Lovely views from your drive.
    Enjoy these last days of June.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Hard to believe we will soon be in July :) Thank you Jan and you enjoy yours also. All the best!

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    1. Thank you William, I have always been very fond of the Virginia countryside :)

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  13. Goodness they are small farms but they must be productive to earn a living from..nice captures Denise.

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  14. Beautiful scenes! Enjoy the rest of the week!

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  15. We watch a television programme called Countryfile. It gives a lot of information about the life of farmers in different UK regions. Farming life all over the world has been and continues to be hard work in an effort to produce food. We're very grateful to the farming communities especially in their efforts to keep up with all the government regulations that are needed in these challenging time. We try to remember this when we enjoy our drives in the countryside. Beautiful photos and quotes that are very true Denise.

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    1. Thank you Linda and the program sounds very interesting :) I couldn’t agree with you more.

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