Across the country, farming is sometimes regarded as a cultural and historical phenomenon, not a real business. Since rural and farming communities are wonderful places to live, work and raise families, there is often conflict with new neighbors who love the pastoral setting but are unfamiliar with normal farming practices. As more and more housing developments are established in rural areas – sometimes bordering farms that have been in existence for four generations – farmers often come under attack when new residents object to normal farming procedures.
Mushroom farmers have been growing mushrooms in southeastern Pennsylvania for more than 120 years. They work with the residential community and township officials to keep family farms in the Commonwealth by working toward solutions for the conflicts and economic pressures they face.
A Mushroom Farming Tradition 120 Years in the Making.