While chatting with the Masters of Softness recently the question of Farm vs. Ranch came up and really what's the difference?
As I understand it, Farm and Ranch mean basically the same thing. Although the words conjure up different images.
Farms are neat and orderly. Ranches are more wild and free form.
South Dakota Cowgirl as living on a ranch and Monty of Los Poblanos as living on a farm.
So really, what's the difference? Size? Location?
Kathleen of Zena Suri Alpacas lives on 78 acres in Oklahoma and raises alpacas. It's western, it's large, she's raising livestock... I would call it a ranch.
Susie at Juniper Moon Farm lives on 11 acres in Virginia and raises goats, sheep, chickens and bees. It's eastern, it's smaller, she's raising livestock and calls it a farm.
farm: \ˈfärm\ noun 14th century, Middle English/Anglo-French: (a) a tract of land devoted to agricultural purposes (b) plot of land devoted to the raising of animals and especially domestic livestock (c) a tract of water reserved for the artificial cultivation of some aquatic life form
ranch: \ˈranch\ noun 1831, Mexican Spanish: (a) a large farm for raising horses, beef cattle, or sheep (b) a farm or area devoted to a particular specialty
This feels like they mean about the same thing, with ranches being larger and specifically about animals.
The second definition listed for farm has me comfortable with identifying us as farmers. Which means, Alpacamundo is a fiber farm.