‘New Farmers’ – the Next Big Thing in Gardening?


WaPo must be following our discussion here at the Rant because this story about professionals taking up the "hobby farms" is totally on point.  "The rural lifestyle.  Sure, it’s a lot of work, but the payoff is a clear conscience, going to bed a good kind of tired and the satisfaction that comes from getting the job done yourself," says one of the mini-farmers, who might as well be describing gardening.  But there’s lots more to the article, so check it out.


  1. As one 36-year-old civil engineer said of his goats: “They never e-mail me.”

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    My first reaction to this was that it’s a human thing to seek balance, and these farms are balancing out a techno-lifestyle that goes on 24/7, which is great.These people sound like they really appreciate the involvement with animals and plants.

    On the other hand, sonograms for sheep? A $19,000 tractor? Horses, which are not inexpensive either to purchase or maintain? Jeez, I thought I was doing good because I have three shovels and a real wheelbarrow.

    I’m not sure this kind of farming is just a simple difference in scale over a backyard garden. Rather than ‘back to the land,’ it sounds kind of like the geeks are transferring their job skills to farming (and I live with a geek, so I know whereof I speak).

    At least it’s constructive, and they aren’t putting their money into fleets of cars or something else that uses up a lot of fossil fuel for a cheap thrill.

  2. I had a similar reaction to firefly… “Sheep don’t email–good point, sign me up!” Followed by, “Uh, wait a minute. Cancel the sheep order. I can’t afford the vet bills.”

    Don’t get me wrong, I applaud what they’re doing and I might do something similar given the means. But since I do not have my own farmlet and hence no fencing to rebolt in place… I’ll keep working on transforming my front yard into an herb garden so I don’t have to edge any more suburban lawn, either!

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