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    Hi everybody,

    Do you have a name to call a place that is smaller than a farm and do you have a name to call a place that is much smaller than a farm? I think that a farm is a large area used for growing crops and keeping animals and I would like to know if you give a different name for a smaller area than a farm and also for a small piece of land, because in my language we give them different names.(But they only differ in size)

    Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by carla guaraldi View Post
    Do you have a name to call a place that is smaller than a farm and do you have a name to call a place that is much smaller than a farm?
    Thank you
    Where I come from "acreage" would fit that definition. (From "acre" = 0.4 hectares). It's common for people living outside cities, but not on farms, to have a few acres of land on which they keep various animals.

    Also, "hobby farm" is a term for a small plot of land owned by people who work in the city, but like to get their hands dirty on the weekends.

    "Plot", as in "a small plot of land".

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    Quote Originally Posted by carla guaraldi View Post
    Hi everybody,

    Do you have a name to call a place that is smaller than a farm and do you have a name to call a place that is much smaller than a farm? I think that a farm is a large area used for growing crops and keeping animals and I would like to know if you give a different name for a smaller area than a farm and also for a small piece of land, because in my language we give them different names.(But they only differ in size)

    Thank you
    Howdy Carla. We also use 'hobby farm', 'acreage', 'ranchette', and probably some others that elude me now.

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    Oops, am I supposed to acknowledge that you beat me to 'acreage' and 'hobby farm', Raymott?

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    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    Oops, am I supposed to acknowledge that you beat me to 'acreage' and 'hobby farm', Raymott?
    No, that wasn't my rule
    But I think it demonstrates that Canadians use the same terms as Australians, though we don't have ranchettes - perhaps the lack of French influence here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    No, that wasn't my rule
    But I think it demonstrates that Canadians use the same terms as Australians, though we don't have ranchettes - perhaps the lack of French influence here.
    We don't have ranchettes, big time, here either. It will appear sometimes in realtor ads.

    So the result of this ongoing discussion is that my posting isn't worth the cyberspace it was typed on.

    Or is that, "typed in"?
    Last edited by riverkid; 16-Jul-2008 at 21:38.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    We don't have ranchettes, big time, here either. It will appear sometimes in realtor ads.

    So the result of this ongoing discussion is that my posting isn't worth the cyberspace it was typed on.

    Or is that, "typed in"?
    A favourite Usenet signature line: "Made from 100% recycled electrons"

    In NZ, we often call these small holdings "lifestyle blocks".

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    In the UK we have "smallholdings" but that's probably a bit too Anglo-Saxon for the colonials.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carla guaraldi View Post
    Hi everybody,

    Do you have a name to call a place that is smaller than a farm and do you have a name to call a place that is much smaller than a farm? I think that a farm is a large area used for growing crops and keeping animals and I would like to know if you give a different name for a smaller area than a farm and also for a small piece of land, because in my language we give them different names.(But they only differ in size)

    Thank you

    A smallholding is what I would call a small acreage used for producing food.

    I am not clear what you mean by "a small piece of land" - it could be almost anything, including garden, allotment, vegetable plot, orchard.

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    Hi Anglika,

    What I tried to mean was something like a very small farm, a small farm, and a farm. But I dont know how you call these places so I used farm.
    I think farm is the largest one, and I would like to know how you call places like farms but that are smaller in size, we call them fazenda (farm)
    sitio(smaller than a farm) and chacara(smaller than a sitio in portuguese)

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