Life on the farm brings expected and unexpected hardships that affect families physically and emotionally. While most farmers have loved living and raising their products in the Cuyahoga Valley, the region's climate and wildlife present certain difficulties. Farmers' incomes and food supplies remain subject to storms, predators, and human energy. Flooding, frost, water shortages, pests, and disease-compounded by family struggles-make farm life challenging.
Click the links to the left to hear real farmers talk about some of the challenges they faced throughout their lives and careers.