- 1An area of land and its buildings used for growing crops and rearing animals, typically under the control of one owner or manager.More example sentences
- Total land in farms, at 46,400 acres, is unchanged from last year.
- Some species of waterfowl adapted to feeding on rice, barley, lettuce, and other crops grown on farms in California.
- The City of Hamburg owns two large organic farms.
- 1.1The main dwelling place on a farm; a farmhouse: a half-timbered farmMore example sentences
- There has been a flurry of school trips, including London Zoo, farms, museums and galleries and lots of visiting theatre groups.
- More than 40 of these cottages were built by the end of the 19th century together with a church, school, stores, workshops, a farm and even a fire station.
- He added that this goes for houses, flats, farms, factories and offices.
- 1.2 [with modifier] A place for breeding a particular type of animal or producing a specified crop: a fish farmMore example sentences
- She coordinates preventative medicine programs and pathology at Hagen's parrot breeding farm and research institute.
- He owns the well-known breeding and stallion farm, Ballylinch Stud home of the legendary Tetrarch and part of the Mount Juliet Estate.
- He grew up on a grape and citrus farm at Robinvale, on the Murray River in north-west Victoria.
- 1.3 [with modifier] An establishment at which something is produced or processed: an energy farmMore example sentences
- On one hand the government takes on money from JBIC and on the other it is promoting the destructive prawn farm cultivation.
- The welcoming committee is pure science fiction, a towering wind energy farm of sleek white windmills, five storeys high and filling the valley's entire widescreen width.
- At a Kurow dairy farm owned by Meridian Energy, this stray voltage was found to be around 1.5 volts.
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- 1 [no object] Make one’s living by growing crops or keeping livestock: he has farmed organically for five yearsMore example sentences
work the land, be a farmer, cultivate the land; rear livestock
- There are still a lot of hungry farmers out there who want to make their living from farming.
- I am also aware that New Zealand has made its living by doing farming in a very functional and technologically targeted way.
- In fifty years time it appears there will be very few people in this county earning their living from farming on a full time basis.
- 1.1 [with object] Use (land) for growing crops and rearing animals, especially commercially.More example sentences
- He farmed some land, growing much of what my mother served our family at dinner time.
- Together she and her husband farmed the ranch land, and she bore seven children.
- In 1903, one hundred years ago, most people in Ireland lived in the countryside, farmed the land, cultivated the food they ate and had very little extra money.
- 1.2 [with object] Breed or grow commercially (a type of livestock or crop, especially one not normally domesticated or cultivated).More example sentences
- Like all farmed livestock, salmon are regularly checked by veterinarians and occasionally require the use of licensed medicines.
- Two of them were game farms and the rest were used to farm crops and livestock.
- These movement restrictions apply to all farmed livestock within that area.
- 2 [with object] (farm someone/something out) Send out or subcontract work to others: it saves time and money to farm out some writing work to specialized companiesMore example sentences
- Spare ones will be farmed out to other universities which have expressed an interest in getting involved.
- If every year a handful of issues were farmed out to assemblies like this one, one issue per assembly, it would be a job that could be done at a few hours a week.
- Many tasks have been farmed out to private, unaccountable contractors.
- 2.1Arrange for a child or other dependent person to be looked after by someone, usually for payment.More example sentences
- Her father's alcoholism plunged the family into poverty so humiliating that Dolly was farmed out to various generous strangers for upbringing.
- Whoever farmed me out for adoption put a lot of work into covering up everything about where - or who - I came from.
- Who, after all, would choose to work and farm their kids out in the morning if they could be in the same financial position while staying at home?
- 2.2Send a sports player to a farm team.More example sentences
- The RFU, not the clubs, would employ players and farm them out to the clubs.
- It looked even bleaker when Steve bought in six summer signings and he was farmed out to Sunderland on loan.
- So he was farmed out for a month with instructions to delay his swing a bit, go to right field more often, improve his bunting and reduce strikeouts.
- 3 [with object] • historical Allow someone to collect and keep the revenues from (a tax) on payment of a fee: the customs had been farmed to the collector for a fixed sumMore example sentences
- The sum offered by Andocides and his associates was thirty-six talents, which (he claims) still allowed them a small profit in farming the tax.
- The market was supervised by a warden and by the fifteenth century that officer was farming revenues due the city from the market.
buy the farm
- see buy.
from farm to fork (or table)
- Used to refer to the various processes in the food chain from agricultural production to consumption: a catering industry initiative that allows certified traceability of fresh meat and eggs from farm to fork [as modifier]: each of these countries has farm-to-fork legislationMore example sentences
- Everyone in the farm-to-fork food safety system has a responsibility to reduce risk.
- Commissioner Byrne refers to the feed hygiene package as "the missing link" in the farm-to-fork approach to food safety.
- The North Central Initiative for Small Farm Profitability, a regional project based at NU's Center for Applied Rural Innovation, is a four-state, multi-institutional, farm-to-fork initiative.
- chiefly US Used to refer to locally grown or produced food: [as modifier]: in San Francisco, farm-to-fork eating is a year-round affairMore example sentences
- In the October issue of Gourmet magazine, it is recognized as one of America's best farm-to-table restaurants.
- Here, farm-to-table cuisine is not a cliche but a high art.
- Although promoting healthy, farm-to-table food is becoming a trend in schools, it still isn't widespread, she said.
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- One hundred sixty of those acres are farmable, and about 80 of those are currently being farmed by a dozen thriving, independent farm businesses with scores of employees and thousands - if not tens of thousands - of customers.
- In addition, windmills, called ‘polder mills,’ pump excess underground water to keep these areas dry and farmable.
- China has about 20 percent of the world's population, but only 7 percent of the world's farmable land.
Middle English: from Old French ferme, from medieval Latin firma 'fixed payment', from Latin firmare 'fix, settle' (in medieval Latin 'contract for'), from firmus 'constant, firm'; compare with firm2. The noun originally denoted a fixed annual amount payable as rent or tax; this is reflected in sense 3 of the verb, which later gave rise to 'to subcontract' ( sense 2 of the verb). The noun came to denote a lease, and, in the early 16th century, land leased specifically for farming. The verb sense 'grow crops or keep livestock' dates from the early 19th century.