Farming Families

August 13, 2013 Updated Aug 13, 2013 at 1:10 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

August 13, 2013 Updated Aug 13, 2013 at 1:10 PM EDT

Hamburg, N.Y. (WKBW) - The Richmond family is growing. They have eight kids, two parents and more than four hundred cattle.

"We own a dairy farm that has been in the family since 1885," Farmer John Richmond said.

The family is going into their 7th generation of farmers. They have been showing their cattle at the Erie County Fair for decades. They said agriculture is more than a job.

"It's a 24 hour job on a farm. You don't get the weekends off, you don't get Christmas off," Farmer Addison Richmond said.

It is a way of life. A lifestyle dad John Richmond says is no longer common.

"People were close to farms, they had a friend on farm. Today, people are farther away from the farms," John Richmond said.

Jessica Underberg also grew up on a farm.

"I see a further disconnect between the producer and the consumer," Underberg said.

The fair is where they said they find families similar to their own. Now, they work together to make farming a wave of the next generation.

"We're using animals as a vehicle to teach life lessons that are so important," Underberg said.

Richmond agrees.

"You have to try to teach the people where their food comes from. Many think it comes from a warehouse at the back of the store," Richmond said.

The kids on the farm say they learn a lot each day.

"We learn a lot of things that a lot of people wouldn't learn. I think a lot of people don't know how to interact with their families. We are good at it. Our entire business is family owned and operated," Addison Richmond said.

Mason Richmond, 10, said there is one commonly asked question and he has the answer.

"Brown cows do not give chocolate milk," Mason Richmond said.

The families encourage everyone to see, pet and even smell the animals. They say it's a hands on lesson with some fair-time fun.