My Decision to Sell the Family Farm

Geoffrey Kuehne

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    This paper presents a discussion of my personal experiences of selling a family farm and analyses those experiences using the layered account form of autoethnographic writing. I describe how the cultural influences from family farming led me, a farmer's son, to also become a farmer, why farmers may choose to continue in their occupation sometimes against increasingly negative economic pressures, why I continued farming for as long as I did, and the thoughts and feelings associated with my decision to sell my farm and exit the industry. I discuss the emotions that I experienced and place them in a theoretical context that makes them more understandable to others. Because this paper examines the effects from my decision to retire from farming it makes a contribution to the limited literature on farmers' retirement.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)203-213
    Number of pages11
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013


    • Autoethnography
    • Family farm
    • Farm sale
    • Identity
    • Place attachment


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