poor farm


Definition of poor farm

: a farm maintained at public expense for the support and employment of needy persons

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Recent Examples on the Web Micek, who ascended from poor farm boy in western Wisconsin to chief executive of one of the world's largest private companies, Cargill Inc., died last month after a long illness. Kristen Leigh Painter, Star Tribune, 16 Dec. 2020 The forest preserve district’s plans for the Oak Forest Heritage Preserve, along with recreational trails, include a historical museum to educate the public about the poor farm’s history. Mike Nolan, chicagotribune.com, 27 Nov. 2020 Feudalism is a hierarchical system where the wealthy own land, while the poor farm said land in exchange for a place to live, as well as protection. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, 7 Jan. 2019 The poor farm stayed in that location until 1881, when an arsonist burned down the building. Jess Cohen, Post-Tribune, 18 May 2018 And one of the buildings featured on its Historic Preservation Month posters is Knox County's own poor farm. Jess Cohen, Post-Tribune, 18 May 2018 When Indiana became a state in 1816, the constitution contained a provision for counties to establish poor farms, but nothing was mandated. Jess Cohen, Post-Tribune, 18 May 2018 Both the Union and Evening Tribune report the death of the town dog, Bum, age 11 years, at the county poor farm. Merrie Monteagudo, sandiegouniontribune.com, 15 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of poor farm

1852, in the meaning defined above

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“Poor farm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poor%20farm. Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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