I would love to live on a farm. Sort of. I've got that total "Farmgirl at Heart" thing going on and love to make my own...everything, really. Growing things from the ground, caring for my home, cooking, baking, knitting, being outside...it's all there.
I love the IDEA of living on a farm (a small hobby farm), but in reality I don't think I could let go of my convenient urban life. Because I also love taking the bus or light rail to get places, knowing my neighbors just across the fence, having lots of good options for education for my kids, living near so many parks all at once, being able to bike to lots of cool places quickly and easily and all of the restaurants, arts and culture that city life affords.
So I will continue to live vicariously through some of my "farmer friends," and even try to get out to visit their farms whenever possible. Like this morning, when Jackson and I made the drive down to Red Wing to visit with my friend Carol and her kids at their small hobby farm. She's totally lucky to have a neighbor who happens to have two kids the same ages as her own, so they were over visiting too. All in all, a great morning with toddlers on the farm.
My toddler learned to overcome his fear of horses by hand-feeding Barney this morning (and let me tell you, Barney is BIG):
He also just had some good, old-fashioned fun on the swing set/slide with the kids. Can't beat a happy kid playing outside in the springtime.
Some of my other very favorite farms include:
Lostview Farm - a wonderful little community-living mecca in Wisconsin
Harmony Valley Home School/Farm - my new friends in Pennsylvania...have to find a way to get out there to visit someday...
Aunt Jenny's Farmette - Jenny is amazing and I love reading about all of her family's farm-life activities even though they have less than one acre...they know how to do a lot with a little land
and of course, MaryJane's Farm - this is the original place where I learned that I really am a "Farmgirl" and that there are others out there like me. I don't participate in the Farmgirl Forum anymore - just because I'm not super into discussion boards these days - but there are some pretty cool people over there, definitely worth a visit.