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I once had a farm in... no, not Africa but on the Emerald Isle. Memories of that previous life are still vivid in my head as if it was yesterday, although not in cinematographic ochre and amber but all shades of green. Ireland is high on the list of many tourists who wish to visit it for its scenery, folklore, and the "Million Welcomes" of its people. It is also the country many Americans trace their roots back to and longingly dream of. Farming is a life style and never ending work. Farming can be somebody's dream —as it was for my ex- and the nightmare of others.

Interested in farming, producing your own vegetables and foods, and an alternative lifestyle? This column of an ex- farmer's wife (or is it farmer's ex wife?) can shine some light on life on the farm through anecdotes of her previous experience introducing organic farming to rural Ireland.

We're talking Irish farms here, not American multi thousand acre agricultural operations. We're talking self-sufficiency. Ours had 127 acres. (For city dwellers: 1 acre=4,840 sq. yd.) For Irish and organic farming standards this is a big chunk of land.

How does one get into it? Either you inherit it or dream of living "the good life". With the current recession, job losses, and stock and property markets crash investment advisors these days recommend to invest into gold and diamonds — or farming. At least grow your own vegetables.

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In my case it was the danger of another environmental disaster after Chernobyl in 1986. The nuclear threat and rearmament were motivation enough for us to opt out of the rat race and get started. In Germany fall out levels were dangerously high. The government discouraged people to feed milk to their children, and our new Geiger counter measured excessive radiation levels in our children's sandbox. Ireland had escaped almost unscathed due to the prevailing weather patterns in the 2 weeks after the disaster in Ukraine. That was it for us. If some of this sounds vaguely familiar to you and resonates with current developments in an increasingly environmentally challenged and endangered world, you may want to read on.

Another driving factor was a book that topped the bestseller list in Germany in 1980: John Seymour, Self-sufficiency on the Farm: The classic guide for realists and dreamers. It became our bible. My ex had no background in farming. He learned what he needed to know from this story-book look-alike that contains specific instructions and cute drawings. Invaluable advice also came from a friendly elderly neighbor, a life-long farm laborer who scratched his head watching our humble attempts at farming.

So here's what you need: a little nest egg, or preferably a biggish pocket book, or better still an inheritance to buy yourself into farming , Seymour's book maybe, and enthusiasm; in fact tons of it. Throw in a dose of practical realism with your dreams and you can farm away.

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According to this bible, you need about 5 acres. Small is not only beautiful but is also viable. If you can still lay your hands on a copy: (New-Complete-Book-Self-Sufficiency). Also see Seymour's Killowen Smallholding project at http://www.self-sufficiency.net).

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Ursula Siebert, originally a German teacher & lecturer turned businesswoman, lived in different European countries before coming to the USA. She is now a free-lance writer. Often tongue-in-cheek, she sees life and politics in the USA from the (more...)
 
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