is a farm
of small size.
In third world
countries, smallholdings are usually farms supporting a single family with a mixture of cash crops
and subsistence farming
. As a country becomes more affluent and farming practices become more efficient, smallholdings may persist as a legacy of historical land ownership practices. In more affluent societies smallholdings may be valued primarily for the rural lifestyle that they provide. Often, the owners do not earn their livelihood from the farm.
Smallholdings in Britain
In British English
usage, a smallholding
is a piece of land and its adjacent living quarters for the smallholder and stabling
for farm animals
, on a smaller scale than that of a farm
but larger than an allotment
, usually under . It is often established for the breeding of farm animal
on an organic
basis on free-range
pastures. Alternatively, the smallholder may concentrate on the growing
by various traditional methods or in a more modern way using plastic covers, Polytunneling
for quick growth.
Generally, a smallholding offers its owner a means of achieving self-sufficiency
as to his and his family's own needs which he may be able to supplement by selling surplus produce at a farmers market
and/or temporary booths
or more permanent shop
facilities are often part of a smallholding.
In a separate development, so-called pick-your-own-fruit soft fruit (or vegetable) farms
(farm being a convenient term rather than a reflection on its... Read More