The few family farms where this sense of community may remain are heavily subsidized by urban tax payers. So, the wholesome picture is not accurate.
On the other hand, if the fields were filled with animals grazing on open grass and wild to semi-wild lands, how beautiful that would be. Replacing rice, bean, wheat, corn, sorghum and other crops with vegetables would restore a balance to our diet and the land. It would reduce the rat population greatly (rats moved in with humans with the advent of grain-based agriculture) and many other pests who thrive in the managed rows of grains, with all their natural predators killed or chased to other places.
Range animals are healthier than animals trapped and crowded into feeding pens. They carry less fat in total, less saturated fat (grain feeding produces hydrogen which is trapped in body fat, hydrogenating it on the hoof, and expelled into the air as a potential contributor to warming). They carry fewer pathogens and antibiotics and their fatty acid profile is better for humans to consume. In the US, a return to range animals (range-fed chicken, cattle, pigs, goats, even fish) would restore the very environment Montagu Don loves. This change would produce a quantum leap in human health.
And, the dreaded interstate highway in the US has brought fresh vegetables and fruit to the hinterland where grain-based agriculture or just nothing-ness reduced the population to flour and flour-based products. The Navajo are dying of Type 2 diabetes on their far-removed reservations because they are fed so much flour from subsidized commercial farming.'