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Leighton, if I may ask, how many years has it been since you moved to the farm? I've never said it but I admire the courage taken to uproot and break free from the shackles of corporate life. Who amongst us has not thrown sheafs of paper in the air, toppled cases of pens onto the desk and shoved our boot into monitor saying I'm quitting all this and buying a farm? Who?
Heh hyperbole and self fantasy aside, I'm petrified thinking how I'd do outside. I've entertained thoughts of but as of now, they remain merely so. The modern life...Show more →
You may indeed ask. I quit my career at the power company in January 1997 after 20 years. We had the chance to move to the Valley to farm with the in-laws, so we sold everything and moved here the same month I quit. All I'll say about the move to the in-laws is that it didn't work out. One of the reasons we wanted to move in the first place was to bring me home to work and be with the family. Another factor was the pressures of Northern Virginia, commute, cost-of-living, ext...ext, not to mention the job. We we're already farming on a small scale in NOVA, so we knew we could do it on a larger scale full time. Once we were asked to leave, we started the search for a small homestead to buy because we knew we couldn't go back again. The property we're on now was literally the last listing we had at the time to look at!
There was NOTHING on this 12 acres except the perimeter fence and the septic system. So I cashed in my 401K and took all of the other savings and built the house and barn. When it was all done we had 5 bucks in the bank! but I was home with the family and we were working together. We struggled in those early years, but I'm proud that we stuck it out and have become what we are today. We're not rich by any means, but we live a very simple life and are debt free. It's all what you're comfortable with.
I'll tell anyone that if they have that itch to change, then scratch it! I always figured that if worse came to worse, I could always go back to work with the power company, fortunately, I never had to take that option.
Sorry for my long winded answer.