I think nearly everyone who has ditched city life in search of something more “relaxed” in the country could compile a long list of cautions for those who are considering such a move. This excellent story in CNN Money profiles one family that made the move, and how it turned out very differently from what they’d planned.
Like so many corporate types who dream about chucking it all for a mellow life in the country, Kathy and Josh had talked for years about moving to the family farm. Only problem: The simple life they envisioned isn’t turning out quite as they planned.
Yes, Josh loves working the land. “It’s hard work and exhausting but I get pleasure in what I do every day,” he says. And Kathy loves raising their girls close to nature and their extended families.
But between the demands of the farm and a gourmet beef business they’ve launched as a sideline, the Gunns are working seven days a week from morning till dusk, close to the 24/7 description associated with high-pressure city jobs. Notes Kathy, wryly: “It’s not exactly a relaxed life.”
The points I’d emphasize most: Don’t give up your day job. Farms can be cash-sucking machines, especially when you’re getting them set up. Make the transition slowly, and don’t try to do everything at once. You can’t simply start a farm business from scratch; it takes time for people to find you, and to discover that your high-quality produce or meat is really worth the premium — and the inconvenience of buying directly from you, rather than in a single trip to the grocery store.