• WordNet 3.6
    • v farm cultivate by growing, often involving improvements by means of agricultural techniques "The Bordeaux region produces great red wines","They produce good ham in Parma","We grow wheat here","We raise hogs here"
    • v farm collect fees or profits
    • v farm be a farmer; work as a farmer "My son is farming in California"
    • n farm workplace consisting of farm buildings and cultivated land as a unit "it takes several people to work the farm"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Headquarters Company of the Reserve Mallet taking its bath at Chavigeny Farm The Headquarters Company of the Reserve Mallet taking its bath at Chavigeny Farm
Temple Farm Strood Temple Farm Strood
At Temple Farm Strood At Temple Farm Strood
A rural landscape, with a few houses and farms scattered around A rural landscape, with a few houses and farms scattered around
Return to the Farm Return to the Farm

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first television newscaster was Kolin Hager, who used to broadcast farm and weather reports in 1928
    • Farm A district of country leased (or farmed) out for the collection of the revenues of government. "The province was devided into twelve farms ."
    • Farm (O. Eng. Law) A lease of the imposts on particular goods; as, the sugar farm, the silk farm . "Whereas G. H. held the farm of sugars upon a rent of 10,000 marks per annum."
    • Farm Any tract of land devoted to agricultural purposes, under the management of a tenant or the owner.
    • Farm The land held under lease and by payment of rent for the purpose of cultivation.
    • Farm The rent of land, -- originally paid by reservation of part of its products.
    • Farm The term or tenure of a lease of land for cultivation; a leasehold. "It is great willfulness in landlords to make any longer farms to their tenants."
    • Farm To devote (land) to agriculture; to cultivate, as land; to till, as a farm.
    • v. i Farm To engage in the business of tilling the soil; to labor as a farmer.
    • Farm To give up to another, as an estate, a business, the revenue, etc., on condition of receiving in return a percentage of what it yields; as, to farm the taxes. "To farm their subjects and their duties toward these."
    • Farm To lease or let for an equivalent, as land for a rent; to yield the use of to proceeds. "We are enforced to farm our royal realm."
    • Farm To take at a certain rent or rate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Mushrooms have no chlorophyll so they don't need sunshine to grow and thrive. Some of the earliest commercial mushroom farms were set up in caves in France during the reign of King Louis XIV (1638-1715).
    • n farm In old English use, the revenue or rent from lands under lease; revenue, rent, or income in general, but originally chiefly in the form of natural products.
    • n farm The state of land leased on rent reserved; a lease; possession under lease: as, in law, to farm let, or let to farm.
    • n farm The system, method, or act of collecting revenue by letting out a territory in districts.
    • n farm A country or district let out for the collection of revenue.
    • n farm A tract of land devoted to general or special cultivation under a single control, whether that of its owner or of a tenant: as, a small farm; a wheat-, fruit-, dairy-, or market-farm.
    • n farm A farm-house; a grange; a granary.
    • n farm A dwelling; a habitation; a lodging.
    • n farm A farm or portion of a farm nearest to or surrounding the home.
    • farm To lease, as land, at a stated rent; give a lease of, as land; let to a tenant on condition of paying rent: as, to farm a manor.
    • farm Specifically To lease or let (taxes, imposts, or other duties) for a term at a stated rental: generally with out. It was formerly customary in some European countries, and is still in some eastern ones, for the ruler or government to farm the revenues (taxes or rents, imposts, and excise) to individuals for a certain percentage on the amount collected, or for the payment of fixed sums, the farmers of the revenue retaining the surplus of their collections.
    • farm To take at a certain rent or rate; take a lease of; pay a stated sum or percentage for the use, collection, etc., of.
    • farm To cultivate, as land; till and plant.
    • farm To be employed in agriculture; cultivate the soil.
    • n farm Food; a meal.
    • farm To cleanse or empty.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The painting, "American Gothic" depicts the sister and the dentist of artist Grant Wood as rural farm folk.
    • n Farm färm land let or rented for cultivation or pasturage, with the necessary buildings: :
    • v.t Farm to let out as lands to a tenant: to take on lease: to grant certain rights in return for a portion of what they yield, as to farm the taxes: to cultivate, as land
    • n Farm färm (Spens.) habitation
    • n Farm färm (Shak.) a lease
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  • Henri Alain
    Henri Alain
    “Life on a farm is a school of patience; you can't hurry the crops or make an ox in two days.”
  • Cato The Elder
    “It is thus with farming, if you do one thing late, you will be late in all your work.”
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
    “Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you're a thousand miles from the corn field.”
  • Veronica Lake
    Veronica Lake
    “Hollywood gives a young girl the aura of one giant, self-contained orgy farm, its inhabitants dedicated to crawling into every pair of pants they can find.”
  • Pope John XXIII
    Pope John XXIII
    “Italians come to ruin most generally in three ways, women, gambling, and farming. My family chose the slowest one.”
  • Edward Dahlberg
    “Writing is conscience, scruple, and the farming of our ancestors.”


Bet the farm - If you bet the farm, you risk everything on something you think will succeed.
Buy the farm - When somebody has bought the farm, they have died.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. ferme, rent, lease, F. ferme, LL. firma, fr. L. firmus, firm, fast, firmare, to make firm or fast. See Firm (a. & n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. feorm, goods, entertainment, from Low L. firma—L. firmus, firm. The Low L. firma meant a fixed payment, also a signature (whence our 'firm' in business); from 'rent' farm passed to 'lease,' then to 'a tract of land held on lease.' Farm is therefore a doublet of firm.


In literature:

My first term was spent at work on Marshall Farm, where the greater part of the school's farming was at that time done.
"Tuskegee & Its People: Their Ideals and Achievements" by Various
On the evening of the sixth we went into the trenches at La Cardonnerie Farm, which being translated means thistle farm.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
Of the Orange Free State and Transvaal the only general maps published are based on the farm surveys.
"History of the War in South Africa 1899-1902 v. 1 (of 4)" by Frederick Maurice
Uncle Neil had for years been a semi-invalid and spent his time doing the lighter work of the farm and garden.
"In Orchard Glen" by Marian Keith
The methods of farming used in China largely prevail here.
"Birdseye Views of Far Lands" by James T. Nichols
And on the farms there were not many advantages.
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Every phase of farm work was carried on by hand.
"A Son of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
He is a farm labourer from Sussex, and he and his wife have come out among our ship-load of emigrants.
"Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)" by William Delisle Hay
Y' see he was the same as handed the farm over, an' you tol' me, back ther' in Leeson Butte, you'd bo't Moreton Kenyon's farm.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
Convenience of farm buildings is an important aid to good farming, especially where much stock is kept and there are many chores.
"Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56: No. 4, January 26, 1884" by Various

In poetry:

I lived upon a little farm,
A happy hog was I,
I never dreamed of any harm
Nor ever thought to die.
"The Epic Of The Hog" by Edwin Carty Ranck
The staring oxen breathed aloud,
But never dream'd of harm;
A meteor glanced along the cloud
That hung o'er Wood-Hill Farm.
"The Drunken Father" by Robert Bloomfield
But somehow the farm did prosper
When he took things in hand;
And though all the servants liked him,
He made them understand.
"The Deliverance" by Frances Ellen Watkins
And though the sun be not so warm,
His shining is not lost;
Both corn and hope, of heart and farm,
Lie hid from coming frost.
"Songs of the Autumn Days" by George MacDonald
Hills of the west, that gird
Forest and farm,
Home of the nestling bird,
Housing from harm,
When on your tops is heard
"Hills Of The West" by Madison Julius Cawein
Old Goodman's Farm is rank sea-sand,
And was this thousand year;
But it shall turn to rich plough-land
Before I change my dear.
"Brookland Road" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

She was raised on a farm in Archie, and lives with her husband, Lowell and daughter, Tiffany, on a working farm in Cass County.
Wilbur "Brownie" Pearce, second from right, was named 2012 Farm of the Year by the Harford County Farm Bureau at its annual meeting and banquet Saturday night.
The recent Farm to Fork Gala, hosted by Koinonia Farm, was held at The Trellis.
Liberty Acres is the farm where Jim and Gloria Hobbs operate both Hobbs Hereford Farm and Liberty Counseling Services.
Russell Libby, one of the nation's leading advocates for organic farming, died on Sunday at his farm in Mount Vernon, Me.
Diverse farm groups ban to pressure Congress on farm bill.
Recently I attended a wonderful farm dinner at Ollin Farms in Longmont, Colorado, hosted by SOURCE Local Foods (more on them in a later post).
Fifth-generation farm family from Conway County earns 2012 Farm Bureau honor.
Farm Credit East is encouraging farm families impacted by Hurricane Sandy to apply for financial assistance through their Farm Credit East Cares program.
MERIDIAN — Emergency loans for farmers, ranchers and operators are available through the Lauderdale County Office of the Farm Service Agency, said Randy M Saxon, FSA farm loan manager.
Michael Phan (right) and his wife Phuong Le (right) leave a coroner's inquest in Burnaby May 7, 2012 into the death of three farm workers in 2008 on a Langley mushroom farm.
Bob Evans Farms, Ohio Farm Bureau, JD Equipment Purchase Grand Champion Barrow .
However, often times the future generation in a family isn't interested in farming or there simply isn't anyone to take over the farm.
Kentucky Farm Bureau's Board of Directors met today with gubernatorial candidates Steve Beshear and David Williams to discuss positions on issues affecting the state's agriculture industry, farm families and rural communities.
Every day of the year, Blue Grass Farms Charities is there for the backstretch and Thoroughbred farm workers of Central Kentucky, providing a safety net and support services of all kinds.

In science:

Using the same overlay, we used a simple incompressible air-flow model to infer hub height wind speeds at the wind farms.
Distributed Control of Generation in a Transmission Grid with a High Penetration of Renewables
The resulting wind speeds were passed through the power curve of a standard 1.5-MW GE Wind Turbine which was scaled to the wind farm nameplate capacity to estimate the power output pr (t ) (in MW) at each wind farm as a function of time.
Distributed Control of Generation in a Transmission Grid with a High Penetration of Renewables
FARM employs declustering to improve both recovery and reliability in largescale storage systems.
CORE: Augmenting Regenerating-Coding-Based Recovery for Single and Concurrent Failures in Distributed Storage Systems
These practices are referred to as “cycle harvesting” or “workstation farms” and share the intercommunication network with external systems and services, not directly related to the coordinated multi-node computation.
Cluster Computing White Paper
The data of the experiment will be distributed at CERN among huge cluster farms where each node stores its information in an object oriented database system.
Cluster Computing White Paper