While living in Arkansas, a friend and I regularly played The Farming Game. Farming came up recently as we chatted via Skype about the condition of our garden potato plants. In the course of that converstaion, I mentioned the new farming blog I found a couple months ago, detailing one young couple’s recent foray into farming. My friend suggested the only way a person could actually get into farming in this day and age is by gentleman farming.
This was a new term for me, so I had to look into it. Wikipedia describes a gentleman’s farm as small, a hobby farm. “The gentleman farmer has an independent source of income and farms for pleasure rather than for money.”
The idea has continued to be on my mind as a potential, financially viable way to transition into the art center. It wouldn’t look like a farm, though, as much as living in the country while working in the city, at least until the art center was up and running or we had enough freelance work to work solely from the country-home-slash-art-center.
This means finding the right kind of acreage in the right location, near enough to a community with a decent paying job. I don’t think I’d be able to tolerate more than a 30 minute commute one-way under most circumstances.
All in all this might not really be a new thought, but the aforementioned Skype conversation pushed my thinking in this direction a little more intently. It seems as though this line of thinking may be another small way to get the art center going a little bit sooner.