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    What is the approximate distance (as the crow flies) to the nearest farm from your home?

    2.1 miles. (Used to be a quarter mile when I was a kid)
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    This is Kansas and I live in "The City" so I have an active farm within 1/2 mile give or take a few feet in any direction.
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    1.6 miles if you count the country club that stretches across both sides of the road. Hey, it does have a "tractor crossing" sign!





    7.0 miles to the nearest actual farm. It's run by the neighboring school district, but it is a full working farm of 85+ acres.

    Growing up, the nearest farm was the one I lived on. Horses, cows, chickens, pigs, 60 acres of hay fields, gardens, and pastures at our house and another 300+ acres a mile and a half down the road.
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    What is the approximate distance (as the crow flies) to the nearest farm from your home?

    2.1 miles. (Used to be a quarter mile when I was a kid)
    800 feet from the south and 800 feet from the north. I live in a small subdivision off a state trunkline - there are crops behind the house across the street from me, and crops on the south side of the state trunkline.

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    Upon reflection it occurs to me it'd actually be 0.7 miles if we count greenhouses as farms.
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    I'll assume the farm in the Lincoln Park Zoo doesn't count. Its got to be a good 40 miles to actual farmland from the northside of Chicago.

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    I live in an area that is dense, but right next to farms in the county next door. Less than a half mile easy to one of those you pick'um places.
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    4 miles, but I'm not sure if it's a REAL farm, or just one of those operated by the park district that's more of a tourist attraction type thing (never stopped to really look). I think you need to go about 6 or 7 miles to hit real farm country from where I am south of Denver.
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    about 1.5 miles or less
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    1.34 miles, but it's a very small-scale operation; one of a half dozen left-over farmed pieces that some farmer who is mostly sold out to development is still working.
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    Having worked in NC for 4 years, could you please define "Bona fide Farm?" Then I can answer your question.
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    Quote Originally posted by Tide View post
    Having worked in NC for 4 years, could you please define "Bona fide Farm?" Then I can answer your question.


    I can, it's a farm the the legislature deems above the zoning laws and you can basically run any of kind of agricultural related business on them with no approvals.
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    For me a greenhouse/garden center is not a farm, a real farm must grow fruits, veggies, grains, or raise animals.

    The nearest "real" farm to me is 23 miles away, but then again I live in the middle of the urban core.
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    Let's see... nearest grazing land is about 1/2 mile from me. They have sheep for grazing, but also eggs from hens.

    There's a fully-functional 6 acre urban farm on the edge of the downtown I work in. Really cool setup that has all kinds of seasonal fruits/veggies, hen eggs, etc. He invites in other farmers from the area to have their goods in his farm stand on-site. He does a cool pumpkin patch every year as well. He invites the school district to do field trips there and even helps the elementary students do a garden each year at the school.

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    Around 23km to a real farm. 6 to a petting zoo.

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    There are cows grazing in a field adjacent to my subdivision.

    Actual crops 3 miles.
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    Depends on what you mean by farm. In the traditional Midwest sense, miles and miles away. If you mean timber as a crop, less than 5 miles.
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    A few miles to the west there is cropland.

    A few miles to the East there is an Urban Farm that has been there for 100 years. They raise turkeys and in typical form the subdivisions surrounding them get riled-up every few years wanting to shut it down due to the stink and noise. I think its funny that they buy homes knowning full well a farm is there, then b!tch about it.

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    1/2 mile.

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    Three miles north of us.......it's a sod farm. Does that count?

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    @Five miles from the Queens County Farm. (Which for some reason they insist on calling a 'Museum".) I pass by there quite a lot in my car. Whenever I have a spare 10 minutes, I stop to pet and feed some animals. It's so lovely and relaxing.

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    Quote Originally posted by jsk1983 View post
    I'll assume the farm in the Lincoln Park Zoo doesn't count. Its got to be a good 40 miles to actual farmland from the northside of Chicago.
    I grew up in Glenview, a northern suburb that now might be considered part of the inner ring. Until the 19070's there were still farms in most directions, including one taking up part of the block I lived on. The field south of Golf Mill (an early mall) was still farmed. There was a farmstand between our house and the high school (the one you saw in The Breakfast Club). On the drive to our summer home in Wisconsin you could definitely say that you were in teh country by the time you hit Wheeling. Long Grove was a crossroads hamlet and there were nothing but farms from there to Fox Lake. Now it is rare to see a farm before you reach Fox Lake.

    As for me, I lived on a farm for a few years. Where I am now is a transitioning area that will likely be covered in five acre estates within the next decade. The nearest farm was next door until five years ago. Now it is about a half mile to the west.
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    Quote Originally posted by Vancity View post
    Around 23km to a real farm. 6 to a petting zoo.
    Damn everyone else in the world except us Americans using the metric system that's actually based on a standard unit of measurement! Now I have to convert stuff. First you put kph on my speedometer, then I need to have two sets of wrenches to make sure I can work on stuff. What's next, metric yard sticks?!?
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    About 10 miles, but I think that will double in the next 10 years as the suburbs grow.
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    Ohio River bottom farms are 5 to 8 miles away

    There are row crops at the airport (between taxiways & runways) - 2.5 miles away

    Retail farm /store - 3.6 miles

    In my fair county we have many of these -

    In honor of Indiana's rich agricultural heritage, the Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes families with farms that have been owned by the same family for 100 years or more.
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