I attended a lecture today in which it was said the average American is about 3 generations removed from a farm. I don’t know the source, but the closest I’ve found is a “2 to 4 generations” claim on one site that he may have averaged. How many 2 to 4 generations is would depend on how you count yourself among other things, and how you define farmer could also be important.
I grew up on a cattle farm but I don’t really count myself as a [pardon the term] former farmer since the farm wasn’t our primary means of income (my parents were teachers) and didn’t usually require daily labor (feed in winter, some summer duties, etc., but in warm weather the cows pretty much took care of themselves and even other times it was rarely more than a couple of hours per day.)
However, when my father was growing up the same land was a bonafide “till the earth, gather the eggs, save that chicken manure, haul water to the corn patch, etc.” farm. (My mother’s family had a garden but my grandfather’s wages were their main support.)
So, which best describes your distance from a farm in this poll?