Farming is the act or process of working the ground, planting seeds, and growing edible plants. You can also describe raising animals for milk or meat as farming.

Farming is a great way to describe the lifestyle and work of people whose jobs are in the agriculture industry. People often have a romantic idea of what farming is like — roosters crowing, farmers driving tractors and milking goats — although farming can be very hard work, dependent on food prices and weather. The noun farm originally meant "a lease on farm land," and it comes from the Medieval Latin firma, "fixed payment."

Definitions of farming
  1. noun
    the practice of cultivating the land or raising stock
    synonyms: agriculture, husbandry
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    animal husbandry
    breeding and caring for farm animals
    arboriculture, tree farming
    the cultivation of tree for the production of timber
    dairy farming, dairying
    the business of a dairy
    gardening, horticulture
    the cultivation of plants
    aquiculture, hydroponics, tank farming
    a technique of growing plants (without soil) in water containing dissolved nutrients
    mixed farming
    growing crops and feed and livestock all on the same farm
    putting seeds or young plants in the ground to grow
    farming for the raising of livestock (particularly cattle)
    strip cropping
    cultivation of crops in strips following the contours of the land to minimize erosion
    subsistence farming
    farming that provides for the basic needs of the farmer without surpluses for marketing
    truck farming
    growing vegetables for the market
    drip culture
    a hydroponic method of growing plants by allowing nutrient solutions to drip slowly onto an inert medium in which the plants are growing
    the act of sowing (of seeds in the ground or, figuratively, of germs in the body or ideas in the mind, etc.)
    landscape gardening, landscaping
    working as a landscape gardener
    market gardening
    the growing of vegetables or flowers for market
    floriculture, flower gardening
    the cultivation of flowering plants
    the activity of gathering livestock together so that they can be counted or branded or sold
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    (agriculture) production of food by preparing the land to grow crops (especially on a large scale)
  2. noun
    agriculture considered as an occupation or way of life
    farming is a strenuous life”
    synonyms: land
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    business, job, line, line of work, occupation
    the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money
  3. adjective
    relating to rural matters
    farming communities”
    synonyms: agrarian, agricultural
    living in or characteristic of farming or country life
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