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TO! PERQUIMANS WEEKLY HERTFORD. N. ft. FRIDAY. AUGUST 22, 1952.
Part-Time Farming On ice,
Totals Nearly Third Of Farms
An unusual example of the oppor
tunities and potential Inherent In
American life is provided by the in
creasing number of persons who are
combining farm living and all its ad
vantages in these complex times with
a basic source of livelihood outside
of agriculture. U;:
' By actual count, nearly a third of
all the farms in this country sow fall
into this part-time category, a pro
portion practically double that of two
The basic livelihood may be a Job,
profession, or business in a town or a
, city, now easily accessible even to
outlying areas P thanks to the auto
mobile and (he speed of modem trans
portation. Or, as has been happening
in more and more cases in recent
' years, the principal income may be a
Pension, or return on infested sav
ings. The number of retirement farms
is now unofficially estimated at sev
eral hundred thousand. In any case,
some actual farming is carried out at
the same time. ; ; I
What the Figures Show
This development is indicated in fig-
. ures compiled by the U. S. Department
of Agriculture showing the trend and
extent of increase in the number of
. part-time and residential farms from
1930 to date.
- - In 1950, according to the figures,
the number of part-time and reeiden
,tial farms added up to 1.7 million.
the equivalent of three out of every
ten farms in tne unitea wistes. a
decade before there were 1.4 million
of such, farms, or fewer than one out
of every four of all farms in that
year. Back in 1930, the first year
for which such figures were compiled,
the number of part-time and residen
tial farms came to just over a million
and was the equivalent of only one out
of every six of all the farms in the
United States in that year.
A part-tim or residential farm, to
qualify; must meet certain minimum
standards set by the U. S. Bureau
of the Census with respect to produc
tion and value of farm products sold.
Thus it must be an actual farming op
eration, even though small, and not
merely a matter of location, or acre
age, or a vegetable patch for the home
table. In fact, the latest figures show
that more than a third of the farms
in this group raise and sell between
$250 and $1,200 of farm product a
vear. thu Drovidinar their operators
with a significant amount of supple
mentary income. The minimum quali
fying requirement, is the equivalent of
$150 cash sales of farm products a
year. , ; -.
The over-all-annual cash income
from farming operations for part-time
and residential farms as a whole is
estimated at in the neighborhood of
half a billion dollars for last year.
This may seem like "small potatoes"
when compared with total cash re
ceipts from farm marketings of just
under $33 billions for 1951. However,
what is more important than income
In most cases is that part-time farm
ing, combined with an outside basic'
source of livelihood represents a way
of life that has distinct1 advantages
for the individual and for the nation
as a whole, particularly in a society
that has become as highly industrializ
ed and as complex as ours.
Small jFarms Gain
One of the interesting developments
in this situation is the extent of the
growth in the number of very small
farms in recent years. The total num
ber of farms under 10 acres in size,
for example, has increased from 289,
000 in 1920 to 511,000 in 1950, a gain
of 77 per cent. ,This is the biggest
gain of all the farm acreage groups.
The great majority of the under 10
acre farms are part-time or residential
units. As a matter of fact, while a
number of part-time and residential
farming unite may be big, a very
large proportion of the total number
is under 30 acres according to un
official estimates. 1
Department of Agriculture figures
on the trend in the number of farms
by sice groups over the last three
decades shows that only the very
small and very large ones have shown
any important gains in tne penoo.
ftv Mrtmitt. thou between 10 and 180
acres declined by over 1.3 million be
tween 1920 and 1960. However, raw
iiizA of farms has been in
creasing for years end is now some
40 per cent above 1920.
Inquiries About State
Are Still Increasing
iRpnnpBf a : far Information about
North Carolina travel and vacation
facilities continue to run ahead 01
last year's despite a slump in May
(time of the petroleum strike) and in
June and part of July (time of the
steel strike and political conventions.
The increaned number of . inbuifies
coincides with increases shown in ac
tual travel counts at National (Parks
and State Highway census stations
gnt itu.rmuuH business resorted by
resorts, offering something " to do
(swimming, ,. boating, fishing, goii,
riding, etc) rather than offering tran
sient mvommodations solely.
An inorwasins' demand for vacation
cottages on lakes with all watersport
facilities is evident. , uuore people are
alsn - innnirino' about medium-Driced
accommodations for families with
amusements for children and provis
ions for pets. A larger percentage of
inmiiries are about nlaces to stav a
I week-end, a week, two weeks or long
er. Very few requests lor simple
over-night accommodations are being
Tnmiin'pH serviced hv the State Ad
vertising Division totaled 14,268 in
I July. In July 1951 the total was
At Farm-Home Week
"Farm Machinery and Mechaniza
tion" will occupy next Thursday on the
Farm and Home Week program at
N. C. State College, says County
Agent C. W. Overman. The program
features on Tuesday and Wednesday
are fully as, important and interest
ing. .-. .
"Farm people who have not attend
ed a Farm and Home Week don't rea
lize what they are missing," Over
man says. "You pass along this road
of life only once. You owe it to your
self and your family to take time out
and relax, learn more about how the
other fellow does things and get new
ideas and have some fun. ' "
"Farm and Home Week is for North
Carolina farm people, yet our city
friends are invited. Registration be
gins Monday afternoon and the pro
gram starts Monday evening. . Thurs
day evening is the final session end
ing with a good old fashioned square
dance. Go and enjoy it"
.girls and NAF members will be shown
with first, second and third place
ribbons being awarded to the win
Counties expected to take part are
Tyrrell. Washington, Currituck, Per
quimans, Chowan and Pasquotank.
General Dwight D. Eisenhower, is
about to come to grips with the
toughest foe of all: the tongue.
TRY A WEEKLY CLASSIFIED AD
MASSES SUNDAYS IN MARINE
CHAPEL AND EDENTON CHURCH
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On every Sunday after the first
Sunday in the month (every month's
first Sunday having the second mass
in Windsor, N. C, Theatre at 9 A. M.,
EST) the Most Holy Sacrifice of the
Mass will be offered at 7 and 9 A. M.,
DiST., in Marine Landing Field Chapel,
near Edenton, and at 11 A. M., EST,
in St. Ann's Catholic Church, Eden
ton, each including sermon, Holy Com
munion, followed by Rosary for Peace, j
Sunday School, Mass Servers' Prac
tice, with confessions for half hour(
before services, stated Father F. J.
McCourt, auxiliary chaplain and pas
tor, who invites everybody to all ser
vices. Week-days at 7 A. M., EST: Mass,
Communion, Rosary in Edenton
LI I i m i
Negro Dairy Show
In E. City August 28
Plans are progressing for the sec
ond annual Negro dairy show which
will be held in Elizabeth City Thurs
day, August 28, at the Scott and Hal-
stead warehouse on the Weeksville
road. The show will start at 10 A. M.
Cattle raised by 4-H Club boys and
Sense And Nonsense
Husband: "Now that Uncle Her
man is buried. I want to confess
that I got fed up with the old boy
something awful. But I didn't say
anything for twenty years because,
after all. he was your uncle."
Wife: "My uncle! I thought
he was your uncle!"
Drive Carefully The Life lYou
SAVE May Be Your Own!
REED OIL COMPANY
Distributors .Esso Products
Hertford, N. C.
MILK WITH A
North Carolina farmers, already able tillers of the
soil, now are livestock-conscious. In 20 years their
nerds of milk cows and calves have increased from
279,522 in 1930 to nearly 400,000. This means
more and fresher milk for Tar Heels, plus increas
d farm income aH of which helps make North
Carolina a better place to work, play and live.
Also contributing to the pleasant living that is
North Carolina is the brewing industry's self
regulation program where brewers, wholesalers
and retailers in counties where malt beverage
ales are permitted under state control co
operate to maintain wholesome conditions lot
the legal sale of beer and ale.
North Carolina Division
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