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

n the practice of cultivating the land or raising stock

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
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)

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