If you don't have country skills you have a high mountain to climb. Truly high.
My advice is:
1. Start small. As small as you can. Say, rent a cottage on a farm and help them do chores. Don't invest in anything you can't back out of easily.
2. If you buy, buy something already built. Buy a decent house, pasture that is already cleared and hopefully fenced, a usable stable already in place. That is, do not try to start from scratch physically, since you'll already be way behind the curve compared to someone who has lived and worked on a farm.
I’d say this ^^^^ and
’s “don’t do it unless you’re fully committed are “it” in a nutshell.
I was raised on a small dairy farm and had my first job at age FOUR - in 1951 - carefully gathering, washing, grading, candling eggs for dad to sell on town.
Dad stopped farming when I was 11 because we weren’t big enough to turn a good enough profit to have enough money saved for the years crops didn’t come in like they should. He leased the farm and went to work in the city as a Master Journeyman Machinist.
Doesn’t matter which type of livestock you have - they ALL take 36 hours/day of your time and a lot of money to afford all of them with reasonable “get by” care. If you don’t have a boat load of good common sense,
if you’re not Drill Master Sergeant organized and are not capable of walking and chewing gum at the same time, if you’re. Or willing to make all of your vacations Staycations, it’s not the life for you.
It can be the most glorious of lives today and tomorrow everything can come crashing down, be it from weather events, livestock illness. You have to be prepared to pick yourself up and keep going.
My heart never left my farm roots. I have always had horses and have always found a way to pay for them.
I am now retired and live on 25 acres DH & I built. All that was here was perimeter fencing. DH was a city slicker and wanted to live quietly. I said “ok pal, leave everything thing to me” and darned if he didn’t, lollol.
We are 72 & 73 and still do 90% of the work around here because nobody wants to get dirt under their fingernails these days, so that’s another thing— finding good help that won’t steal from you or worse, can be next to impossible.
The kids that help us put up hay and do some fence maintenance have full time jobs and only come to help for a few extra dollars and because they like us, lol.
DH already has 8 hours on the second bush hogging of the season. He just left to go start the other six acres which is a rough six acres. Nothing is flat so cutting takes time and caution.
We can’t cut everything in one fell swoop like we used to. What he doesn’t get today, I will have to finish this week - after I rest from brushing the horses for turn out, cleaning their stalls, and dumping the manure.
To reiterate, I am 73, DH is 72. And to reiterate what
said, don’t do it, unless you’re fully committed.
. I recognize that seat you’re sitting on - mine was attached to the manure spreader dad converted from horse driven to tractor driven. He would tell me sitting on that seat in a breeze would be good “for what ails me”, lollol