The kids and I visited a neighbor this morning. We saw a litter of puppies, collected eggs from the hen house, and fed grass to three horses. There were cows, too, but those are nothing new to us. We have a herd of cows, and they are there to produce milk. It’s how my husband supports us. Our neighbor’s farm, with all its animal charm, is also supported by milk cows, but there’s more to it. All those animals and their by-products make up a way of life. Eggs to eat and sell. Chickens to butcher and eat. Puppies to cuddle and love and then sell. Horses to ride. Now, I’m not trying to argue whether one way of farming is better than the other. I’m just noticing that there are differences in farms, even among the small farms which are said to be dwindling away in our country. Is it a difference between an old-world lifestyle and a farm designed to make profit? Or is it a difference between organic or natural farmers and farmers who employ the latest technologies? Farmers who do a lot of work by hand and farmers who use machinery to do as much as possible? I think it is easy to stereotype farms and farmers, but really the farm world is as multi-faceted as the people who live on the farms.