husbandry

Husbandry has nothing to do with being a husband, and a lot to do with being a farmer. If you cultivate the land or breed animals, you are practicing husbandry.

Long before husbands were hen-pecked guys who cut the grass on weekends and played with the kiddies after school, they were robust men of the Earth — farmers, in other words. That meaning died out, but its current meaning survives as a remnant of it. Today, you most often hear of "crop husbandry", which refers to raising crops; however, if you practice toad husbandry — you must be raising toads.

Definitions of husbandry
  1. noun
    the practice of cultivating the land or raising stock
    synonyms: agriculture, farming
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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
    planting
    putting seeds or young plants in the ground to grow
    ranching
    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
    insemination
    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
    roundup
    the activity of gathering livestock together so that they can be counted or branded or sold
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    cultivation
    (agriculture) production of food by preparing the land to grow crops (especially on a large scale)
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