My husband and I moved our family from the South Hill “out to the country” in Greenacres two and a half years ago. The driving force behind this move was to provide space for our six kids to roam and run free, like Laura Ingalls in the opening credits of “Little House on the Prairie.” We were also interested in doing other farm stuff, like raising animals, planting a garden and meandering through verdant fields while gentle breezes waft delicious smells of apple pie down from the kitchen.
Our unique version of country living includes 17 acres of beautiful land with a commute to the freeway of no more than seven minutes. We’re what you might call “gentleman/woman farmers,” meaning that we have no idea what we’re doing. But even novices can learn a thing or two, and it is this knowledge I would now like to impart through my handy guide, “How to Become a Farmer in Five Easy Steps”:
This list is of course nowhere near exhaustive. There are things to consider like buying the right kind of muck boots (bright red if you can find them); choosing a good spot to dig your well (spin around 10 times, point and write a check for $30,000); and managing the wildlife that will inevitably invade your property (allow your miniature dog to bark incessantly at them from the living room window). But this should give you a good start. Happy farming!
Julia Ditto shares her life with her husband, six children and random menagerie of farm animals. Her view of family life is firmly rooted in the Spokane Valley. You can reach her at email@example.com.
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