Urban or Farm?Submitted by ellaforliberty on Mon, 12/22/2008 - 22:13
A couple of months ago I posted a question concerning my family moving to a farm. We are somewhat at a standstill, a family divided, if you will.
First of all I am married with three young children--ages 4 to 11. I am unemployed, but thankfully, we have closed on our family business and pocketed mid six figures. I am 42 and my wife is 36--both of us relatively young and very healthy.
We live in Jacksonville, Florida in a very economically and racially diverse, historic neighborhood that we absolutely love near the downtown. As a whole we don't care for Florida or Jax, but like I said, we love our very "community" oriented neighborhood. Lots of friends.
We are struggling with the idea of moving to the "land." We would surely lose the community that we enjoy here. Secondly, my wife and I have never lived off the land. I have been reading and studying everything that I can get my hands on concerning the farming "way" of life. Anything from Barbara Kingslover's book "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle," to other gardening books with such topics as "how to grow organic fruits and vegetables," and also reading all the farming magazines i can get my hands on such as "grit" and "Mother Earth News." So its definetly not for a lack of study that we would fail.
Having said all of that, we are leaning on staying in Jax, but in the back of my mind i'm thinking that's not the wise thing to do. We are concerned with the rising prices of food and energy, the possible collapase of the US economy, unrest in the cities, etc. I love the idea of simplicity, farming, self sufficiency, healthy homegrown food, the beauty of being rooted in the land.
I've found a few farms anywhere from 5 to 10 acres in Tennessee and North Carolina. A couple of properties are completey set up for organic gardening and raising livestock.
We would certainly entertain the idea of doing it with a couple of other families, buy 40 to 60 acres of land and build a community of like minded people. Would even consider trading acerage with another couple who have the ability to build.
Well, i would really appreciate any thoughts, ideas or different perspectives.
Grace & peace.