Owning your own farm - a romantic dream that can turn into a financial and emotional nightmare. Social isolation, moonlighting at other jobs to make ends meet, and nonexistent profits are some of the difficulties young and beginning farmers face, as this New York Times article highlights. And many would-be farmers can't even take the first step, because land is so costly and start-up expenses a major obstacle.
Do you find farming hard? Is it rewarding enough to keep going, or do you sometimes feel ready to give up and do something different?