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Growers of Food
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     challenging words:    cows, eggs, fridge, kinds, need, peeled, sealed, tummy, your, something, animal, another, beef, cannot, cattle, choice


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Growers of Food
By Brenda B. Covert
  

1     Your tummy growls. You need something to eat. You ask for a snack. Maybe you open the fridge at home. In town you may put coins in a vending machine. You can find food in many places. How did it get there?
 
2     Before it was processed and packaged, it was on a farm. Even the sugar in candy comes from a farm! Farmers grow crops or raise farm animals on a farm. (Fruits, grains, and vegetables are grown. Animals are raised.) You will not find a farm in the city. Farmers need lots of land. They need fresh air. They need plenty of water and sunshine. Farms are very important. Without them, we would need to grow our own food. Farming is not something that everyone can do. Not everyone has time to tend a garden. Not everyone has space for a garden to grow. That's why we need farms!
 
3     There are many kinds of farms. Farmers cannot grow or raise all the things we need. Each farmer makes a choice. A farmer may prefer to have a dairy farm. He would have milk cows on his farm. Another farmer may choose a beef farm. He would raise cattle for the meat they give. A poultry farmer would raise chickens for eggs and meat. Wheat farmers grow grain that is made into flour for our breads and cakes. Crop farmers grow beans, corn, beets, and other vegetables. Fruit comes from berry farms and orchards.

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