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Do you fantasize about being a farmer?

Poll Results: Do you fantasize about being a farmer?

 
  • 7% (10)
    No, never
  • 4% (6)
    Yes, about once a year
  • 13% (18)
    Yes, about once a month
  • 31% (41)
    Yes, about once a week
  • 36% (48)
    Yes, nearly every day
  • 6% (8)
    I am a farmer
131 Total Votes  
post #1 of 64
Thread Starter 
A question for you traditional foods folks.
post #2 of 64
What I really fantasize about is living near farmers and getting all my food fresh from the farm- but not actually having to do any of the work!
post #3 of 64
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Ruthla View Post
What I really fantasize about is living near farmers and getting all my food fresh from the farm- but not actually having to do any of the work!
That is a very nice thought.

And come to think of it, my fantasy is growing apples but not relying on them for income. I suppose I've made it in that regard because we have six apple trees and we are not relying on them for income. I'VE MADE IT!!!
post #4 of 64
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Originally Posted by Ruthla View Post
What I really fantasize about is living near farmers and getting all my food fresh from the farm- but not actually having to do any of the work!

Yep.

I also know that I'm just not cut out for farming. I get too attached to the animals. I'm OK eating them. I'm OK naming them. I'm just not so good with naming them *then* eating them.
post #5 of 64
Yes, but not to raise meat. I too think I would get far too attached. I could raise chickens for eggs (if a day were to come that we could eat eggs that is) but I could not kill a "pet" which is exactly what any animal would become to me. Dh says to get over it as this is what we are working towards. I always assumed he'd come around and not want to raise meat though. Not so much. He's pretty hardcore in his meat eating philosophies. He is pretty adamant that if you eat meat you should be able to raise it yourself, otherwise you have no business eating it. I'm SO not there yet.

What this means is that the organic bed and breakfast/retreat that we have wanted to open will not be an animal free establishment! I just don't think I'll be helping in that arena if we ever see this project through.
post #6 of 64

I want to be the Farmer in the Dell!

I have found the place I want, and we are trying to save up to buy it.

I plan on an orchard (fruit and nut trees), a vegetable patch, some bee hives and some chickens.

No animals (other than bees and chickens) because we don't eat dairy, and we're moving toward vegetarianism. Besides which, animals need more acreage, and I only want a little farm!
post #7 of 64
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by firefaery View Post
What this means is that the organic bed and breakfast/retreat that we have wanted to open will not be an animal free establishment! I just don't think I'll be helping in that arena if we ever see this project through.
I can't wait. That sounds cool. I don't have to eat a lot of animal. At least not everday.

Raising something big like beef is not necessarily viable for every small farmer anyway, so there are always going to be the ranchers with hundreds-thousands of acres who can range a lot of beef. We get our beef from a rancher with about ten head. It's a hobby for him but he still needs a lot of land to do it. On our five acres, we'll never have large animals.
post #8 of 64
Thread Starter 
And as I sit here avoiding my for-pay work by reading Mothering threads, I realize I haven't quite reached the dream with my six apple trees since I have to work a lot of hours at the computer and have very few to work outside. The nice fall weather is giving me outside fever and I don't really have much time to get out there.
post #9 of 64
I voted about every day. I would love to be a farmer....just doubt that I would be any good at it.
post #10 of 64
Ummmm... I voted, I "am" the farmer. I grew up on a farm, we now live just down the road from it. It's a LOT of work. We have a big garden (I'm in the middle of canning tomatoes, making salsa, freezing broccoli, etc.), we have chickens, cows, rabbits, horses, seasonally pigs. It is a commitment. You can't be gone for the day without making arrangements for who will take care of the animals while you're away. Farming isn't optional in yucky weather; animals need care, cows need milking rain or shine, snow, wind, hail, heat. The garden needs tending even when it's 95F, and you've been out in the field all day. Hay needs putting up, and it's *always* ready on the hottest day of the year (I think it's Murphy's Law or something).

There is always something to do, no matter how hard you work. I am presently in the middle of about 5 projects, all are big, and all need attention right now. (I'm making excellent progress, can't you tell?)

I'd love to have some fruit trees, but the goat ate part of them, and we've not gotten around to planting more.

It's very rewarding to open the freezer and see your own beef, veggies, and butter. To open the fridge and see milk, eggs, yogurt, etc. from your own cow. To know that the food you eat is what you planted. But it is a *LOT* of work. To watch the newborn calves get up and nurse for the first time. To go for a ride with my children. To go with Grandpa on a hayride and bonfire.

Don't have any fantasies about it being the easy life, because it isn't. It is a good life, but certainly not easy. Most people have no idea how much work it is to cultivate your own land. It's definitely not for the faint of heart or weak of body.

I wouldn't trade it, though! Every time we talk about moving, I think about what we would lose, and I just can't get excited about that. It is definitely a good life!
post #11 of 64
Gardenmommy-you're so cool. :
post #12 of 64
i voted every day.
every. single. day.

i grew up spending every spring and summer on my grandparents farm in arkansas. when i was 14 they sold it (due to health issues) and i didn't speak to my grandmother for over a year. from that point on i was trapped in my urban world and eventually gave up on ever living the farm life again.

my dh and i are just starting to look for our own land. outside of my childhood experience and some books, we really don't know what the heck we're doing! but we do know that we want to raise our family and our food on some land.

but for now, i've gotta get to skimming the scum off my beef stock!
(just for practice, i went ahead and named my bones before roasting them this morning )
post #13 of 64
i fantacize about having a permaculture garden in an urban/suburban setting with goats and chickens. ALL THE TIME.
post #14 of 64
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Originally Posted by Mackenzie View Post
I voted about every day. I would love to be a farmer....just doubt that I would be any good at it.
what she said
post #15 of 64
I dream about it until I remember the summer of 2001 where I helped out a local organic farmer for 6 weeks on my off days from my regular job. I remember the back breaking labor and them I think... maybe I will just buy from farmers. Dig a couple of hundred pounds of new potatoes with a pitchfork and that may change some tunes....

-Marc
post #16 of 64
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Originally Posted by Ruthla View Post
What I really fantasize about is living near farmers and getting all my food fresh from the farm- but not actually having to do any of the work!

post #17 of 64
I'm with Ruthla

I voted once a year

My dream is to have a huge yard/garden where I can have one goat, maybe some other animals, lots of fruit trees, foliage, vines, etc. Veggie garden, but pay someone else (and my MIL) for the upkeep
post #18 of 64
Urban homstead,grow cherimoyas, bananas, peaches, figs, plums, apples, oranges, lemons, salads, strawberries, rasp., etc. with chickens. We are so blessed to have farmers markets every day of the week, year round somewhere near where i live. It almost makes it extra hard to garden because it is so easy to buy from them , and there stuff looks better than mine!
post #19 of 64
yes, so much so in fact that I have already bought my 15 acres
post #20 of 64
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Originally Posted by firefaery View Post
Gardenmommy-you're so cool. :
Awwww, thanks!

(can't make smilies work, or else
i'd use a big heart or something)
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