March 1, 2017
Sigh, since we announced our decision to sell our house in town and take up farming in another state, we have repeatedly heard, “You must be crazy!” Or we’ve seen people’s eyes roll (you know the look that I mean). Their eyes still are sheepish when I tell them our reasons to start a farm.
Well, of course we are crazy. My husband is 65 and I am a little younger than that. We are not “spring chickens.” For those of you who know us, I have some serious health issues. And our son has his own issues with being a young adult who is also high functioning autistic.
But after much prayer and debate amongst ourselves and with God, we’ve all decided to follow His directive. Or rather I should say, Bill & I are following God’s directive and we are taking our son along.
But why a farm? is what my friends are saying. Well, why not a farm?
Ten Reasons to Start a Farm:
1. Safety — Although farming itself can be a dangerous job, rural areas have a tendency to have less crime.
2. Clean Air — The place where we currently live has decent air quality, but not perfect.
3. Clean Water — The place where we currently live has a lot to desire in water quality before it’s processed. The untreated water ranks 50 out of 100 in quality. Of course, the city water is then treated so it can be drinkable, but you can imagine the amount of chemicals that are required to get it “drinkable”. Our target area in Arkansas has a 54 air quality. And a 87 untreated water quality.
4. Raise Your Own Food –Admittedly you can grow enough food on a small garden plot in town to feed your family. However, where we live (in the city limits), you cannot have livestock on your land without meeting certain restrictions. So you could meet your family’s vegetable needs but have to buy your meat at the store. Thus, defeating the purpose of eating healthier. You know — by knowing where your food is coming from.
5. Regulations Are Less — Have you ever looked at what you can and cannot do on your own land? Here in Alabama, the cities regulate what goes on inside their city limits. Out in the county, it varies by county as to how much regulation is involved. When we were looking in Colorado for land, some counties were just as regulation happy as the city. For example, in Colorado you have to get a well permit to drill a well and your application could take up to a year and then be denied. No water on your own land. You even have to get a permit to build a pond on your own land AND have to get a permit to catch rain off your own roof.
6. Privacy — Do you want to have an outdoor hot-tub? And have a romantic evening alone in it with your husband? Well by living in the country, the only ones you might “scare” would be your cows. Or the nosy deer who just happened to come by.
7. Working out — with the amount of physical work that is involved in farming, you won’t need to pay for a gym membership. 🙂
8. Hunting / Fishing — depending on the size of farm you have, you might be able to hunt on your own land without worrying about getting permission or buying a hunting license. And you can stock your pond with the type of fish you like (and that is appropriate for the pond).
9. Slower Pace — God, nature, and your animals are your bosses now. Although you are busy, your pace of life should be much slower than having to meet your employer’s directive of getting the shelving stocked before 9 AM.
10. Closer to God — On an early spring morning when you are out on your porch drinking a cup of coffee and watching the sunrise — how could you be closer to God? God meant for us to benefit from the fruits of the earth :
Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” And God said, “See I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food; and it was so.”
Long- Winded Wrap Up:
By teaching our adult son with autism to learn to live off the land, we are giving him skills so that he can take care of himself after we are gone. Things that he didn’t learn in the educational system (that’s for another posting). And if we are successful in teaching him these new skills, we’d like to open up The FARM to share with other kids the joys that can be found on a farm.
All things on a farm aren’t related to working.
So what do you, the audience, think of our ideas? Are they completely pie in the sky dreams? Or are they legitimate reasons to start a farm? Do you have any suggestions that would help us in our endeavor?
Thanks for reading so far. Can’t wait to see you — At The FARM.