submitted by Lori Stewart Katz, Charlann Farms
Farming is one of the hardest jobs out there, but the truth is, most people don’t just decide to farm for a living.
The reality is that for many, farming is quite literally in their blood.
Farming is often a family business handed down from one generation to the next.
The goal becomes trying to continue the family legacy for as long as possible, produce high quality food that consumers can enjoy, and also generate an income which can be difficult with the many variables that may impact the planting and harvesting seasons.
The weather plays a huge part in how the crops turn out, and last year Pennsylvania had one of the wettest years on the books. This not only makes the already difficult job even more challenging, it increases costs all around.
Many farmers have had to turn to agritourism as a means to generate additional income to keep their farms going.
A small, local, family operated fifth-generation farm had its first ever Fall Festival last October.
It was pretty busy for the first season and the community seemed to really enjoy it.
The farm relied heavily on family members and friends to help and support this new venture; most volunteered their time to ensure it went smoothly.
This year, that farm is planning its second annual Fall Festival that will include many activities from last year, such as the straw maze, straw mountain, obstacle course, pumpkin painting, and pony rides.
The family farm hopes to bring in more patrons by adding more activities, such as a petting zoo and cornstalk tunnel.
The success of this venture will depend largely on attendance of local community members, so this fall, patronize your local farm so this family can continue doing what they love – farming.