Hey gault - you've got at least one kindred (and crazy) soul out here. We have 2 acres- one we have a house, pool and garden, chickens and turkeys on and the back one is currently vacant (except for the 2 bee hives). I am trying to grow all our own food and have gardened all my life and I agree whole heartedly with you about the work involved. Between the kids, dogs, house and food prep (inside and outside) I get lots of exercise. I love to hike and play, but I feel guilty doing it very often as there are always projects to do at home and a larger garden to plant. I am new to raising critters and will have my first "processing" experience in a few months when we kill our turkeys. My friends think I'm nuts and I have not found it to be cost efficient (turkeys eat a lot of feed) but it's all a learning experience. I have read that they feed turkeys arsenic to make them gain weight faster and they must kill them before they are ready to be able to sell them for the rediculous prices you see them for. One of our new batch of hens has turned out to be a rooster, so I'm thinking about raising chickens to eat also and not just for eggs. We'll see after the turkeys. We also have lots of fruit trees (mostly apples) but only one is producing - every other year. It is much harder to live off the land than one would expect in this world of run to the store and buy it, but when you look at the crazy stuff going on in this country, it does make you feel a bit more secure knowing that you have food in the garden, eggs and for you, a dairy source.
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