Small farms have increasingly opened up. Plenty of them are still making a living from straight agricultural production, though it would seem to be fewer and fewer each year. And an increasing number make it quite well as agritourism centers, whole foods outlets and party and convention centers.
As suburban America just gets abandoned, and big cities demand more from all those the small towns that act as hubs for all those small farms you see from the interstate, well, rural America is getting smarter.
So many models of small farms have grown up that it’s not easy to keep track of them. Savvier and more appealing is an absolute necessity.