thinking of moving from PA to TN or KY.
Id love to hear from anyone who lives in rural KY. we hope to buy some land (like 15 acres) and have a small farm.
we are homeschooling so we are not concerned with the schools.
please tell me all about your area!
I've had this post open for days on my computer thinking about how to respond. This is such a big question to answer! I currently live in the city, but I was raised in rural western KY. I didn't move to the city until graduate school.
I grew up in a small farming community, a "town" with no stop lights, the church was the largest organization in town, everybody knows everybody, etc. This is good in some ways, and bad in others.... such as when your mom knows what you've been up to before you can even make it home that night!
Even though we lived in the country, we were surrounded by Big Agriculture, gmo fields, etc. We ate a standard American diet, and took all sorts of medications, etc. Ironically, I came into the more natural lifestyle after I lived in the city! There are a lot of concepts that I embrace now that I just never heard anyone talk about while growing up (my parents think I'm a crazy hippie), but with the internet, its a lot easier to find your tribe no matter where you live. There's surely always going to be another "crazy hippie" somewhere nearby :)
If you have more specific questions, I can try to answer them. Its just such a big question!
From friends I have known from Eastern KY, they seem to have a similar "culture," as we did in western KY. The place where that might differ is some parts of Appalachia.
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I lived in Louisville and visited the outlying rural areas pretty often, moved a year and a half ago to PA. Homeschooling is wonderful in KY compared to here, just send a letter to the district person in charge of attendance to let them know you'll be homeschooling, keep your records but don't show them to anybody. That's it. But it does start at age 6 instead of 8. Winters have less snow but more ice, and the roads aren't salted and plowed as well as PA. Summers get hot and humid, a bit less rain there so you'll have to water your farm/garden or dig swales. Pretty much the same as any rural place socially. Mainstream junk food and less than crunchy habits for many people, but some neo-hippies and Christian crunchy-cons especially found in homeschooling and whole foods circles. Central PA feels about as southern as KY minus the use of "y'all". There are more Baptist and Methodist churches, less Mennonite and Brethren and such. College sports are a big deal. Selling raw milk is illegal without the cow share workaround. Farmer's markets are very good in the cities if you are near enough to drive your produce in there. But the cities sprawl out big time so from country to city center is a long drive. There are a few good CSA's already too, the demand is there for more in the city.