Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY)

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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

My brother has lived like this in rural Saskatchewan since he retired from the air force 35 years ago.  He despises cattle though, so he barters for meat and milk, lol   His wife makes their own bread and butter, preserves everything and makes their clothes too.  When visiting, it is truly like being in Little House on the Prairie.  They progressed to solar power recently as my brother could play Dr. Emmett Brown on Back to the Future ha ha

I remember their two boys being teased at school for not knowing what Pepsi and Cheezits were. (They used to trade their homemade bread sandwiches & cookies for store bought from the other kids!)   I made sure they were then kept current with clothing and pop culture thereafter and my brother understood, to prevent them from being bullied.   Mind you, two healthier strapping lads were not to be found!!! 

It's an interesting life that he's most welcome to keep.  A nice place to visit but I couldn't ever live there.

Jun 05, 2022 04:47 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

While it may sound tempting for some, it is not my cup of tea!

Jun 05, 2022 04:11 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

If you think real estate is hard, I suggest NOT taking this path of self-sufficiency.
Could I do it? Yes. If it was a do or die situation.
Will I do it? No. But embracing a few 'prepper' or 'hurricane readiness' disciplines is a good idea.

Jun 05, 2022 05:34 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

My Grandfather did but as a young boy I did not like the farm work and as an adult, I don't think I would want to do it either.  I would love to live in that sort of situation but to be honest I wouldn't be up to doing the work myself, haha.

Jun 05, 2022 05:25 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I do like the idea of growing vegetables and gathering eggs but not doing real farming -at the exclusion of all else...  Because that certainly is a full-time endeavor!

Jun 05, 2022 04:27 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Nope... no way, no how. I was raised in the concrete jungle of New York City. This kind of life or any life not in or very near an urban center has never held any interest for me. No outward city migration for me!

Jun 05, 2022 05:36 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Andy, It isn't something I'd like to do. I admire those who farm.

Jun 05, 2022 05:35 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

We owned a farm for many years. No, I could not handle it.

Jun 05, 2022 04:46 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I used to think that I would at least enjoy a few acres to have a large garden and several fruit trees.  I think those days have passed me by and that I will be fine with a small garden and maybe two fruit trees.  I think the dream sounds better than the reality (and the work that goes with it).

Jun 05, 2022 07:18 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

NO! I have watched a lot of the TV programs Life Below Zero and Port Protection. I respect those who choose to live that life but I could not.  I could not and I would not want to.

Jun 05, 2022 05:36 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I am with Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041 

Could I?  Absolutely - if that were my only option. 

Would I choose it?  No.

Jun 05, 2022 08:02 AM
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

For our next home we plan to be a little more self-sufficient (solar power, some chickens, hopefully a greenhouse and some raised bed/container gardening), but full scale farming is way beyond anything I'd ever want to take on.

Jun 05, 2022 07:38 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

No, it's not for me.  I like the idea of having the land and what I would do with it, but not the rest of it.

Jun 05, 2022 07:26 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

When I was in my single digits I was a tomato picker during the summer. Low pay, no days off, paid by the bushel and not the hour it was hard for a kid but gave me some mad money and some to save. At quitting time the farmer's day was about half finished. I always appreciated their efforts but I could not do it anymore.

Jun 05, 2022 06:15 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I could do it if I was raised that way or if I had to do it to survive

Jun 05, 2022 06:00 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I have to admit, although I live in the county now, I am a little bit city and a little county and do not have a green thumb ... this really does not even sound like fun. Now, having said all that, if I had to do this to stay alive, I could do it "maybe"

Jun 05, 2022 08:37 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

We partially lived that life as kids, we raised livestock for food and for profit and grew vegetables for our consumption at one point, but supplemented with Safeway LOL...
A true farm and multi-generations under one roof would never work with my family, we're a tribe of wandering souls and transient explorers. We don't stay put!

Jun 05, 2022 08:30 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I grew up in a version of this.

Jun 05, 2022 07:42 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

We garden and make homemade meals but there is no desire to take on backbreaking chores anymore. Ringing chicken's necks, cutting their heads off and chasing after them when they get their legs under them does not appeal to me. Though it was done as a child!

Jun 05, 2022 10:43 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

At 73, probably not by myself. There is a lot that goes into farming that people are not aware of. It is a 24/7/365 operation

Jun 05, 2022 10:18 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Twenty years ago, that would have been ideal, don't think I could do it today.

Jun 05, 2022 07:27 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

This sounds like a bad program on HGTV.  In fact there is a program just like this with a family in Alaska I believe.

It's not for me.

Jun 05, 2022 11:38 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Not unless I get a new husband 20 years younger than me, and even 5 years younger was freakin babysitting so no.


Jun 05, 2022 10:36 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I worked many days in my youth on a family ranch. Picking grapes, picking prunes, cutting down trees sawing them up and splitting the logs to be burned in the cast iron stove (there was also an electric stove in the large kitchen) and for burning in the furnace in the other end of the house (there was no other heating source). I harvested eggs from the hundreds of checkings that were raised for eggs and table.

Great memories.

While I had that early experience part-time, I grew up in a suburban environment and I am truly a city boy.

Jun 05, 2022 01:59 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

The "simple life" is admirable and tempting. It's also A LOT of hard work and we are a little spoiled now.

Jun 05, 2022 01:51 PM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

If I HAD to, of course I'd give it a whirl but it's not a lifestyle I would actively pursue.  

Jun 06, 2022 05:12 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

This would not be my cup of tea - or block of wood!  Maybe 40 years ago I'd give it some thought but I still highly doubt it.   I do know folks that have their own farms and they love the lifestyle.

Jun 05, 2022 04:18 PM
Rosemary Rizzitello
Bloomfield, NJ

Not easy and I give our farmers a lot of credit for the hard work that they do. I support them as much as I can. I do like to grow vegetables and flowers and love the end results but farming I wouldn't be able to do. 

Jun 06, 2022 01:54 PM
Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
Lake Sinclair Specialist

We don't live on a farm, but we have grown our own vegetables for years and heated our home with wood we cut or trees that fall for 20 years.  

Jun 06, 2022 11:07 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Yes! In a heartbeat Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 

Jun 06, 2022 07:31 AM