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

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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.

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  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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