I am an old-timer to Spark People, just returning from a necessary sabbatical. I missed the interaction with others as I work from home. I live on 10 acres that I hope to convert into a small-revenue-making farm; hazel nuts and sweet clover are my chosen crops. I also grow burnt nuts, almonds, pecans, walnuts and heart nuts.
Raised a city-girl, I have always wanted to live on a farm. When 12 years old, my mother asked what I wanted to do when grown, I told her, “Raise corn and grow cows.” Yea, got that kinda backwards... I know that now. *LOL* After living 7 years in Nebraska, “growing cows” was definitely out of the question. Have you seen the size of those breeding bulls! YIKES! Then I discovered EVERYONE was “raising corn”. *S* So, hubby and I started an apple orchard in western Nebraska to the chagrin of neighbors and long-standing farmers-ranchers. It was a success, but a layoff would see us moving to Michigan; hubby accepted a job as an Associate Wine Maker/Farm Manager. My husband was born and raised on a western Nebraska farm-ranch, so I’ve married my mentor.
However, it’s the quiet, serene atmosphere, and privacy I value the most. My little dogs love running and romping and scouting the acreage without being tethered. Our kids (5 in all, with 6 grandkids) enjoy visiting because of its peacefulness; a reprieve from city-life.
I am retired from corporate America and don’t miss the hour long commute (one-way), and at times, in hazardous weather conditions. No more deadlines, politicking, or one-sided diplomacy. Working the soil, nature has one rule – SHE/HE RULES! *LOL* It’s just so simple… *LOL*
The title, “Gentlewoman Farmer” feels nice.
PeaJay50 aka PJ, Pam or Pamela Jenewein
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