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BBC: The US professionals quitting the rat race to become farmers

thoughts on this? seems like a good trend to me.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23849569

Farming has always been a hard way to make a living.

Now, a small but - anecdotally - growing group of Americans are leaving the structure and security of an office job for the gruelling, yet rewarding work of earning money from the land.

Some want to be a part of improving the food supply for themselves and their community; others are excited by the prospect of becoming self-sufficient, or simply working outdoors like their ancestors did.

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Mark Shepard, New Forest Farm


Mark Shepard, New Forest Farm and Forest Agriculture Enterprises

Mark Shepard Restoration Agriculture

They really need to study the

They really need to study the work of Joel Saltin below to make money and not follow mainstream ag protocol otherwise they spend more on chemicals and equipment than they earn from produce.

Joel Salatin On the Next


Joel Salatin On the Next Generation of Farmers

I'm looking for the right place to plug into.

I have the background. Logging, milling, sugar bushing (maple sap), carpentry, great with bunnies, chickens, so-so with turkeys. Turkeys are kind of a pain. Goats sure, sheep still learning. Food storage and handling expert, small engine repair, former EMT and interested in "off grid medicine". All kinds of neat stuff but honestly I'm not historically great with plants.

I have a mind to get out of the desert. Not that I don't love it but it's not where you really wanna be in hard times.

There is nothing strange about having a bar of soap in your right pocket, it's just what's happening.

I did, and I'd do it again.

Left a solid career as an IT manager for a corporate litigation firm... Started a mushroom farm out of a warehouse in south FL. I make less than a 3rd of what I did before, but I wouldn't change it for the world.

Warning.. shameless plug ahead...

If anyone needs supplies to grow their own mushrooms at home check out subfarms.com and use coupon code "dailypaul" for 10% off =) We also sell mushroom compost which is excellent for growing veggies.

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A friend of mine gave me some shiitake dowel plugs

a while back. I had plenty of oak down around here after our Jan. tornado (It was only F1, but enough to take out a whole lot of trees around here), so I cut a few 5 foot pieces, drilled them and inserted the plugs.

Did that this past spring, so hopefully we'll be seeing some shiitakies sprouting after winter. I don't know if the logs received enough moisture to keep them wet enough where they were, but I have since moved them out into the grass to catch the daily rain we've had all year. I roll them every now and then.

I do see some evidence of what appears to be mycelium growing on the end of some of the plugs so far.

Hope we get some.

they like oak that's for

they like oak that's for sure. I've got some small ones growing here but I'm just using grains (there isn't really hardwood available down here).

learned something interesting about shiitake recently - they are hyper-accumulators of radiation. I'm writing an article on this now for the site, but the basic idea is - quarantine a contaminated area, cut down a bunch of trees and inoculate with mushrooms. Let them grow and soak up the radiation, and then harvest them wearing hazmat suits and safely pick and dispose of the contaminated shrooms. Rinse and repeat =)

- Grow Mushrooms at Home
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Just Lovely....

Now I wonder how much Fukushima rain these things are sucking up. I don't know if I want to eat them now. Lol

I hear you, we've all got to

I hear you, we've all got to start paying even closer attention to where our food comes from now. I wouldn't go buying any skiitake mushrooms imported from Japan but I'm willing to bet yours are ok.

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Looking to move to Bailey

Looking to move to Bailey (small mountain town about a mile southwest of Denver, Colorado) partially for this reason. I don't want a big ol' farm or anything, but I plan on raising a breed of fairly easy chickens and a garden designed by my uncle that is almost entirely self-sufficient and takes up very little space. This amount of food wouldn't be totally self sufficient (of course depending on the size of the garden and coup) but could easily be expanded should the need arise.

Bailey is a really nice place, I think the way people live there is a lot closer to how we were meant to coexist with nature. Even though they have access to the modern amenities their houses tend to be much more self-sufficient, using water pumps, sharing back yards with deer and elk, and often making use of solar panels and/or generators. If the SHTF out there, you'd be a lot less screwed than you would in the city. Depending on the circumstances you might already be in a really good spot.

But first I need to find a web development job out near Denver so I can pay for it! :p

got the land... anyone have the time?

I've been looking for someone to tend a small, 20-acre farm while I prepare to transition from the office to the land. My dream would be to find someone on here. Anyone in the Southern Maine area interested?

Unlearning and self-teaching since 2008. Thanks, Dr. Paul!

Smudge Pot recently had a

Smudge Pot recently had a post offering to do a ton of work on some land. I don't know if he's still looking.

Exactly what I am doing...

I'm currently shopping properties for my new farm. I will be moving just over the border into Vermont to escape the NY nanny state as part of the change.

I'll keep my consultant work up for awhile as I can work anywhere with high speed internet. That will make the transition much easier over time.

I grew up originally on a black Angus farm and the idea of returning to that kind of life excites me more than anything else I have ever considered.

I only wish I had begun this shift years ago :)

AWESOME my friend,

I also grew up on a farm, and I wouldn't trade that for anything!
Exposure to work ethics, decision making, responsibilities and independence.

You can take the person out of the farm,, but you can't take the farm out of the person!!!

NOSHEEPLE

I'm there.

All I have to do is plant something, lol.

My husband and sister are already doing it, and my sister has started making weekly runs to the farmer's market to sell her wares.

I miss fast internet. :-(

about to

let my professional membership and license lapse too. Men are not meant to live like this. Women may be better suited for structure, bureaucracy, security, and a regulated life.

There is also a burgeoning craft movement that is absorbing these societal defectors.

I will be joining this group soon

Just getting the funds together and another source of income (passive). When that is lined up I'm out of here.

I am thinking about doing this

I am doing a practice run in the backyard this year. I don't think of it as hard work, it is fun!

Once you start growing food, you realize the poor variety in the grocery stores compared to what is available to be grown. Besides self-sufficiency, that is one of my main motivations as a foodie. Plus, the grocery produce can be rather bland. A lot of the grocery produce is bred for high yield, transport durability, and low spoilage rate, rather than flavor.

“Although it was the middle of winter, I finally realized that, within me, summer was inextinguishable.” — Albert Camus

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Cost/Benefit.

I have long argued that the "agri-revolution" that produced ultra cheap food has enabled the elites to leech most of their ill gotten gains off of manipulation of the food supply (one of the three basic needs).

It is far less labor(time) intensive these days to build, from scratch your own home, and cultivate your land to grow your own food than it is to work a 40-80 work week to feed and shelter yourself.

We work in an office for up to 80 hours a week to avoid spending a few hours a day tending to our land, or to put in a year of hard labor to build a house.

Insanity. And now, it would seem that others are starting to agree.

The Philosophy Of Liberty -
http://www.thephilosophyofliberty.com/

Love that point...

Before I even knew about Ron Paul, in my late teens I started to think about this. Right when I was finding out that I have to work my whole life (what a bummer :), full time for 30 years to pay for a house I just started thinking.....but wait, if I worked full time I could build a house in way less time. I guess that's where I started seeing through some of the BS, and later the wall came falling down.

This has me written all over it.

I currently sit at a desk, waiting on emails to come back to me, thinking what else I could be doing with my time:

growing hemp. By the acres. And by Hemp, I mean Industrial Hemp used for textiles, biofuel, etc.

The problem: the DEA.

Demand is skyrocketing for Industrial Hemp and I have a VA SMall Business Loan that I can't get to because the DEA will think I'll use Industrial Hemp as a "cover" to grow the female version of Cannabis Sativa.

If you don't know your rights, you don't have any.

Hemp,

Is a god given plant!!!
The sad reality to the legal hemp market will be "MONSANTO"
The destruction of the natural "LAND RACE" strains, along with the most important strains of CANNABIS.
"GODS TRUE GIFT TO HUMAN BEINGS,,,NATURAL MEDICINE"
Monsanto will destroy "all of that" like they did corn & soy bean

Big Pharma and the healthcare industry will be overjoyed.

NOSHEEPLE

Try Vermont.

From my initial research the new Vermont law passed this June is the only version in any state that does not rely on the feds in any way.

http://benswann.com/vermont-completely-nullifies-federal-hem...