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

n the practice of cultivating the land or raising stock

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
Type of:
(agriculture) production of food by preparing the land to grow crops (especially on a large scale)

n agriculture considered as an occupation or way of life

farming is a strenuous life”
Type of:
business, job, line, line of work, occupation
the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money

adj relating to rural matters

farming communities”
agrarian, agricultural
living in or characteristic of farming or country life

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