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In the Beginning

| 1/28/2009 9:18:09 AM

I’m trying to figure out when it hit me that by golly, we were country folk. Was it the very first day on the farm when we found ourselves alone, in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by acres of woods, hay fields and a trillion crickets? Or perhaps it was upon tasting that first egg from our new brood of hens. Then again, maybe it was the arrival of the donkeys… or the goats… or the horse.

Yep, I’m thinking it was then.

Lee (short for Leeroy), one of two guard donkeys in-training.

For years my husband and I yearned to kiss the city life goodbye and move to greener pastures. We'd spend hours talking about living in the country and the ways we'd simplify our lives: we’d raise animals, grow food and reduce our dependency on cheap oil.

As we both worked from home – me as a freelance writer and my husband as an IT consultant – we were free to live almost anywhere, or so we hoped.

Then we found it: our 71-acres of rural happiness.

2/3/2009 10:12:31 AM

Hi Jeff, Welcome to GRIT! If you're looking for ideas, you've come to the right place. I'm constantly learning loads of useful stuff from the writers, bloggers and even other readers! Sounds like you've got an exciting plan, indeed. Be sure to keep us posted! Cheers, Fiona

Jeff Pierson
2/3/2009 9:34:38 AM

Just received my first issue on my new subscription of Grit Magazine. I grew up in the farmlands of New Jersey and even though I am currently living in the big city of Camden, NJ, the plan is to move to Salem Co. NJ and start a vineyard along with raising some livestock for cheese production. I'm looking forward to future issues as well as being able to ask you questions through this forum to make it, if not profitable, at least sustainable. Thanks! Jeff Pierson

2/3/2009 8:41:57 AM

Hi Lori, Thanks! And it's nice to "meet" you :) Speaking of photos -- yours are absolutely stunning!! Lovely posts too... Cheers, Fiona

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