As some of you know, my interests are varied. I love to read about cooking, baking, farming, gardening, livestock husbandry, herpetology, and a whole mess of other topics as well as firearms and hunting. At one point I started looking for blogs written by lady farmers/women who live on ranches to get an idea of what it’s actually like. Call it mental preparation for the future.
Anyway, a few years back I came across this blog and I was immediately hooked. It’s written by a woman who grew up in the DC area, traveled a bit as a military wife, wrote romance novels for awhile, and eventually decided to settle in a part of West Virginia where her family had lived for over 200 years. Seems perfectly normal, right? Well, this crazy woman decided to jump head-first into farming, and hasn’t looked back since.
I’m kindof fascinated by her. I applaud her tenacity and willingness to struggle through the tough stuff to become a better farmer. Over the past few years of living on her farm, she’s gone through gardening, livestock ownership and the struggles one faces when one’s power goes out in the middle of winter in West Virginia. She’s come through all the tough stuff and seems to have found herself in a place where she’s truly happy.
She’s also found herself in the possession of two farms, and cannot reasonably own both. So, she’s selling one of them.
The listing is here, if you’re interested. I know there are a lot of us out there who talk about TEOTWAWKI (“the end of the world as we know it”) and how they plan on heading west, but is that truly reasonable? Why not simply hit a state like West Virginia? It’s firearm friendly, has some of the prettiest scenery this side of the Mississippi, is chock full of wildlife, and is pretty darn green – makes for growing one’s food a bit easier than it would be here, closer to the coast.
To be honest, if my plans didn’t already have me heading West in the nebulous future, I’d seriously consider talking to her about it. At that price point, I’d consider it worth it.