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Farm !

A farm is an area of land, or, for aquaculture , lake , river or sea , including various structures, devoted primarily to the practice of producing and managing food ( produce , grains , or livestock ), fibres and, increasingly, fuel . It is the basic production facility in foodproduction . Farms may be owned and operated by a single individual, family, community, corporation or a company. A farm can be a holding of any size from a fraction of a hectare to several thousand hectares.


The word in the sense of an agricultural land-holding derives fromthe verb " to farm " a revenue source, whethertaxes, customs, rents of a group of manors or simply to hold an individual manor by the feudal land tenure of"fee farm". The word is from the medieval Latin noun firma , also the source of the French word ferme , meaning a fixed agreement, contract, from the classical Latin adjective firmus meaning strong, stout, firm. As inthe medieval age virtually all manors were engaged in the business of agriculture, which was their principal revenue source, so to hold a manor by the tenure of "fee farm" became synonymous with the practice of agriculture itself.

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