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The half acre homestead may not be enough…

We’ve talked about trying to move closer to Nathan’s place of employment since his major career change about two years ago. Living closer to his work would shave about 2 hours off his work day, plus he’d be able to come home for lunch some days  and we’d save money on gas prices. Plus, It seems we’ve reached the point where our drive to self sustain and our drive to have our farm has taken charge.

Sure, we’ve been able to crank lots of food production out of this half acre homestead of ours… But if we are ever to get a milk cow, other pasture animals, more chickens or some fruit trees we’ll need more land.

We’ve been having acreage fever, again… A few weeks back, we looked at a nice 40+ acre property and fell in love. The adorable farmhouse on the land has 2 giant holes in the roof but we aren’t envying the house. It’s the land we love.

It’s a nice plot of land with a mix of pasture, forest, a creek and it’s near a major highway. We are dreaming of a roadside farm stand, acres of homegrown, chemical free produce and fruits… A cosy place to call our own and to make a living off the land. One day we could even expand into agritourism and even host school trips.

All is rosy in dream land but I’m a girl of practicality and don’t hang out in dream land for very long. So, we’ve gone head first writing our business plan and researching the feasibility and logistics of this dream.

It seems everyone that farms out here either inherited the farm or land in one way or another, so we are flying blind and searching for farm mentors to advise and discuss ideas with. Is it so unheard of for young couples to go into farming on their own?

Anyway, I am sharing this with you because it is looking pretty achievable once we get started. We’ve even launched a Facebook page to garner support and begin building a following. Finding the resources to get our start is another mountain we are preparing to climb but we are hopeful and very excited. We hope you’ll join us along the way!

<p>A city girl turned farmer. Yes women do farm ;) Owner and operator of direct to consumer, Ryder Family Farm in Southern Illinois.<br /> Wearing many hats I'm also a mother to 3, a wife, a yogi, a farmer, a 4-H & Girl Scout leader & hospitality manager.</p>

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