Back when summer meant three months off from school, teachers would comment that we didn’t really need the time off. They told us that the time off was built in so kids could help out on the farm. Since there was no farm to tend, our behinds should be in class. Um, hard labor instead of kicking it? Not for the kid. Sure, I had a summer job, but spending hours selling iced coffee is quite different than plowing land. Fast-forward a decade or so, and I’m really thinking about life on a farm. My love of farmer’s markets, my dad’s garden in the backyard, and desire to break away from city life has me inching to get my hands in some dirt.

I’m not sure when I’m going to grab a hoe and get to work, but I was intrigued when I read about the documentary Garden Summer on Eatocracy.   “What happens when strangers come to live on a family farm in rural Arkansas, grow their own food, give up modern-day conveniences and attempt zero waste,” the article asks, setting up the premise for the documentary. If five “suburbanites” can switch it up for summer, I wonder how many of my friends could give-up the rooftop party life for a season for the rural farm/garden life and film it Real World style.

 

Would you give up city living for the farm life?

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  • LemonNLime

    I live in rural Vermont so everything around me is either forest or farms. I LOVE farmers and I have a really appreciation for them after having a 9×12 garden last year. Up here the belief is if you know the name of the person cleaning your teeth or giving you a checkup or doing your hair, why wouldn’t you know the name of the person growing your food or baking your bread etc.?

    I used to really consider myself a city person but being in the country is great…for a while. Spending days lounging at the swimming hole, strolling bare foot through the rows vegetables that you grew yourself, biking to the farm down the street to pick your own produce, the endless delicious food festivals, hiking through the mountains. It’s great but there are lots of things I miss about being in the city. Restaurants and stores open after 6pm – heck more than 6 restaurants to choose from, art and culture near by, public transport/ airports nearby, better social scene, not having to drive 60 minutes to go shopping for clothing or 90 minutes – 2.5 hours just to find someone who can cut your type of hair.

    I would love to have the best of both either live in a city with lots of green space maybe 30-60 minutes away from farms and nature or in small-medium rural/farm town 30-60 minutes from a major city.

    • Girrrrrrl, I’ve just googled rural Vermont. You live in such a picturesque place!!!! Makes me want to find me a white boi to marry and will come be your neighbor. Then you will have a “girlfriend” close by you, and a kray one at that!!! [insert big grin]

    • LemonNLime

      LOL, believe me it would be nice to have company!

      Vermont is really picturesque. My office is in a old farm house that sits on hill overlooking the Connecticut River valley. I can see Vermont and New Hampshire from my window and in the winter on a clear day I can see the mountains in Massachusetts too. In autumn it is like heaven! Reds, golds, and oranges everywhere, everything smells like wood burning fires, and there is a apple orchard down the road that makes fresh cider, pies and cider donuts! Seriously sometimes it is like living in dream.

      The men however leave MUCH to be desired! They are either hippies (smell bad, often don’t bath regularly, dress HORRIBLY, and very hairy), farmers (not bad just overly sheltered from the real word), hipsters/ white liberal yuppies (the WORST), uneducated deadbeat druggies, or thugs (yes, thugs in Vermont not tons but they are here – guys, sadly mostly black and a few hispanic, move here to operate drug/arms business between Quebec and NYC/Boston/CT etc.while raising families, riding the system, and staying low – we had 2 drug related murders in my town alone last year which might not seem like a lot but for a state that has, in the past 50 years had a maximum of 26 people murdered in a year and a minimum of 1 person, 2 is a lot).

    • edub

      wow, lemon! what do you do up in Vermont? How did you end up there?

    • oh mi gosh!!! I’m coming to visit, and we gon holla at them unbathed folks and tell them it’s time they took a dip in the river

      But please do answer edub questions, I too wanna know what in the hell a sista is doing all alone in a farm…..if it’s intrusive, my apologies ma!

    • LemonnLime

      Lol! I moved here from Ohio in 2009, 3 months after graduating from undergrad. I was hired at a non-profit working in their study abroad department which is what I still do today! Moving here really showed just how big and different the US is from region to region. It is really a different culture, for example my first months living here I was invited to a wood stacking party, was invited to go contra dancing, and met people who willingly lived in the forest in a shed where their only modern convenience was a river they used for bathing and cooking(even in the winter!). I have lots of crazy stories about living here but I went into with an openmind and it has been quite the experience, Ive learned a lot about myself and gained a real appreciation for nature and the people who make and grow our food.

      There are other black women here but not a ton. We see each other in passing, yell “hey!” at each other and trade hair tips. Surpringly, I think there are more black Africans in my town than black Americans because of the nonprofit I work for but could be wrong. But believe there aren’t many of us in Brattleboro that is for sure!

  • YES! But in Africa only. Not in the Americas, hell nah!

    • Dalili

      **waving excitedly** Hey Sis! :-)

      Pray do tell, why a farm in Africa and not the States?

    • Hey sissssy!!!!

      I just love the fresh air and cows back home. I love the familiarity. I just LOVE Africa. that’s all.

    • Dalili

      Understood!

  • Dalili

    I certainly would, in a heart beat. I would have no problem working and living on a farm…..count me in as long as it’s not a poultry farm!

  • uhm…no. I truly enjoy city living.

  • Candy 1

    Sometimes I do think I’d like to get away from the loud city life. When I used to visit my cousins on their farm (about 45 minutes away from where I live), it was always so peaceful and I never wanted to leave. The only thing is that whenever I think of rural areas and farms, I also think of big spiders (I have a paralyzing fear of spiders).