Our family has been on the farm for more than a hundred years. Great-grandfather and Great-grandmother and our uncles and aunts grew beans, peppers, corn, sorghum and more on about forty acres of tillable land. The men hunted rabbits, ducks, and deer and grew cattle, pigs, and chickens for food and horses and oxen for working the farm.
Over the years, as the men found work off the farm, the tillable land was leased to other farmers who grow black-eyed peas, soybeans and corn.
For over a decade now, we have been allowing the farm to be fallow and have been grazing cattle to allow the fields to return to a healthier state. We're watching things improve slowly.