There comes the point in some people’s life when they get tired of living in the city or the suburbs. They get tired of all the noise and traffic. Not to mention you barely see any greenery—that isn’t a neighbor’s lawn, bush, or a few trees scattered around the area. And they start thinking, “maybe moving to the countryside is more for me”? Plenty of people think about moving to the countryside to live on a farm for several reasons. Some do it because they want to live more sustainably. Others do it because they’d like to start a business in agriculture. Whatever the reason, here are a few things you need to know about farm life before you decide on moving.
It takes a lot of work
Taking care of a farm is a lot of work. You have to learn how to use a krone mower, a tractor, how to plow the land, how to plant, how to preserve your harvests, and make sure that every living thing on your land survives. Planting itself is not as easy as it seems. Each fruit or vegetable has its own requirements. The spacing, how much water they need, the amount of fertilizer they need, the right season to plant them. You also have to protect them from pests or wild animals that might destroy your plants. It takes a lot of manual labor to have a proper farm.
It isn’t cheap
It isn’t cheap when you first buy it, especially if you aren’t used to farming life. You might end up spending a lot on home renovations, buying new equipment, cleaning, putting up a new fence, or other updates. All of which will cost you tons of money. But once you’ve got your farm up and running, the costs will lessen.
A large farm can cost millions to take care of. If you only live in a small one, it won’t cost you that much. Just know that when you live on a farm, it becomes your greatest asset, much like any ordinary home is a person’s greatest asset. But something an ordinary home doesn’t have is the ability to produce a lot of crops. And trust me, when you live on a farm, even if it is small, you will have tons of excess harvests that you can sell.
It allows you to survive on your own
Living on a farm allows you to be self-sustaining. Since you grow your own fruits and vegetables and might even take care of a few animals. You literally have everything you need in that one area. All you’ll need to worry about are doctor’s appointments. Hospitals tend to be far away in rural areas. But farm life tends to keep people healthy since it takes a lot of labor, and you tend to eat more greens than meat. You could survive the entire pandemic without leaving your home if you lived on a farm.
It teaches you new things
If you’re new to farm life, you’ll have to learn to do many new things yourself. You have to learn about growing different plants, taking care of animals, and how to use certain equipment. But it doesn’t stop there. Living on a farm will make you experience plenty of things you’ve never experienced in the suburbs before. It also teaches your kids great life lessons, such as appreciating life, learning how to work, and being independent.
It gives you a new perspective on life
Living on a farm makes you realize what the important things in life are. You realize that you don’t really need that much to live a fulfilling life or to survive. You also gain a new appreciation for farmers because you realize that what they do isn’t easy. You also start to appreciate all forms of life. From plants to animals, even humans. You realize that the only way for you to survive is to learn to take care of these creatures.
The farm life isn’t easy. It takes a lot of hard work, manual labor, money, patience, and care. It’s not the ideal lifestyle for everyone. But for those who do decide to live on a farm. You really do reap what you sow. As long as you keep taking care of the farm, the farm will keep taking care of you and your family. The amount of effort you put into your farm will come back to you twice as much.