Farming

Farmland tales, access

Just curious if anyone likes to share stories about how they came into farming and farmland. I think of course it’s cool to hear about multi-generational farms, narratives about who farmed what on family land. But equally interesting to hear about folks like myself who chose farming, coming from a different background. In my mom’s household, I have second cousins farming plots that have been in the family for at least 5-6 generations( maybe going back longer ), and it feels fairly special to walk those fields and hedgerows, to eat from the same gardens of berries my grandparents picked from when they were kids. What were mixed/ sustenance/ dairy/ oat farms are directed simply to cattle or ponies. And that is an ocean away( Sweden) from where I was born/ raised/ live( Canada ).

My wife and I were not born and raised on farms, but rather in North American cities of over a million people. We both did the hippy-young-person thing of working on organic farms/ homesteads during/ after university, and met as coworkers on a diverse organic market garden. From the beginning our dream was to buy land and make a living off of it. Regrettably we’ve had to live in cities for 6/8 past years( as we’ve stimulate babies and ran kitchen/ produce tasks )., but then fortunately we’ve been able to rent land( and greenhouse, walk-in cooler, irrigation) from the semi-retired market gardeners we used to work for( where we met ). We have been commuting farmers for three years( growing seasons) now, incubating our business to point where we recently got a farm mortgage and bought a property where we can expand veggie production from less than an acre to 5 acres. I can’t help but have multi-generational dreams about be property we bought: we can plant trees under whose tint our future-hypothetical grandkids can sit. We can have room to grow more volume and more variety of annual vegetables as well as perennial veggie and fruit harvests. We can have long-term stewardship over a piece of ground, truly build up the soil in a decades long way.

Anyone else have similar narratives, schemes/ dreams?

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