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Looking for a change
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Wayne    Posted 03-05-2004 at 14:37:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My wife and I are looking for a change of life. We have 3 girls, 5 and under. Since we were married 8 years ago, we have progressiavly moved farther and farther from the suburbs of Chicago. I am a Loan Officer. My wife and I constantly talk about having a simpler life. We have a very romantic idea about "hobby farming". Mostly to get out of the rat race and have more time with each other and the kids.

I guess my question would be, how do we go about looking into this lifestyle, to get a realistic view of what to expect. We do want out badly!

dave 50 8n    Posted 03-06-2004 at 00:08:32       [Reply]  [No Email]

I can speak to the commute thing.

About 7 years ago, my wife and I sold our tract home in the Sacramento area and moved 60+/- miles away up in the Sierra foothills, where she was born and raised. It was nice to have automatic connections.

Moved around a little, and now my daily commute is 58 miles one way to Sacto. I tried a couple of vanpools, and had some success in those, but they run on a stict schedule, and if your work situation changes too much, you're out. I've found that it's the best commute option, (besides a train, I guess) because you can catch up on your sleep, but they can have very strange social dynamics. I've driven down to public lightrail, but once on there, it takes 2x as long to get to work as driving, parking, and walking. And I figure that time is at a premium, so I drive. Sometimes, I actually enjoy the time alone. Longest it took me to get home was 3 hrs. Usual commute time: 75 min. one way.

The commute can be tiring and oppressive, if you dwell on it, but I've seen lots of others drive way more than I as part of their jobs...truck drivers, sales, etc. I can still say we have no regrets about moving up here. Our 2 kiddos were under 5 when we moved, and they've had great experiences. Rivers, woods, fields, wildlife provide them lots of wholesome experiences. I'm sure you're intersted in that.

Only a few good jobs up here, mostly techy jobs and retirees from populated areas of the State. I always have my eye toward a job closer to home since the commute takes away from family time.

I would think that if you can use your employment skills in some way near/in a community where you want to live, you'll be happier. Can your skills be transferrable to mortgage brokers local to a desirable area?

Good luck and welcome to the board. Keep us posted.

bob ny    Posted 03-05-2004 at 16:21:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
we decided the same thing i commuted 104 miles round trip 5 days a week maintained a farm raising and marketing beef. also lots of small animals. my wife did most of feeding nursing fence jerry rigging,chasing steers back home during the day, i repaired ,lugged heavy stuff,
trucked feed and animals and all otherchores all weekend. we did it for 20 years very little time away from the farm, plan on lots of arguments and
disagreements BUT WE ARE STRONGER AS A RESULT OF IT probably would do it agian.just make sure it is whay both of you want it wish you luck and
cleaner and healther life
bob(who is retired and living in the woods on top of a mountian )ny

TO35    Posted 03-05-2004 at 16:20:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Wayne....your girls will be better off living in the country than in the city thats a fact.
Fern and Cindi both had good comments.
I would start by visiting a farm (big or small)
and ask the owners if you could spend a day with them and just see what really goes on ,on a farm.
I'm betting you just want some acreage around 15 maybe 20 acrees...if thats what your thinking be preparied to not see much profit from it, expect things like better living conditions,space and over all cleaner way of life.
Theres plenty of ways to make a few dollars with small acreage but I would not expect much first few years till you get established.
I could go on and on but I'll leave you with one last as a loan officer, don't over extend yourself, plan for the unexpected and theres lots of them that could arise....
and don't be affraid to ask questions here .....

I wish you and your family all the best...

Hear Hear    Posted 03-05-2004 at 16:36:27       [Reply]  [No Email]


Fern(Mi)    Posted 03-05-2004 at 15:48:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you have any allergies running through the household, address them before moving to a rural life. Hayfever can be devistating to clutter up yard and garden time as well as care and feeding of animals. having to trip it dailey year round for docs and shots can stress your country intentions.
An extra rural hint. Keep a lawn's size one that maybe mowed in an hour`n'half time. I farm full time. After making hay for umteen hrs a day I don't want to come home and mow my yard all night. What I can't do to my lawn this week I get it next wk.
Wish ya-all a country well.

Willy-N    Posted 03-05-2004 at 19:59:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
My real Lawn is about 25 X 25 ft that is in the middle of the 40 acers. The Cows eat the rest of it. Mark H.

Cindi    Posted 03-05-2004 at 15:21:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Oh, you done it now. I must speak.

First don't expect to be able to quit work, so find a commute you can live with. Second, start out small as concerns livestock and know in advance what you're going to do with them. If you just want animals around to look at, keep them small, like poultry (chicken, ducks) goats etc., so you can afford to feed them. A few chickens will at least support themselves by providing eggs, and goats can get by on next to no supplement feeding except in the harshest winter assuming they have plenty of room to roam.

If you plan to raise animals for food to better offset the cost, keep the meat animals separate, don't name them, set time limits as to when they will go in the freezer. If you hunt make sure your land has some wild game on it. That's all I can think of now, but to be successful (assuming you don't have money to burn) you should think of as many ways as you can that your land will help you financially.

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