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The Cursed AirBnB Farmer.
The Curse of Affluence.
Now that I sell live goats (Kiko) and goat dogs (Pyrennes/Akbash mix) I meet some, bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, young prospective farmers. Some of which have very little means. These are my kind of people. This article is not about them at all. This article is about the more affluent prospective farmers. What I call, The AirBnB Farmer. "One who cannot make $$ farming, so rents out space on their farm".
People borne from affluence have the complete wrong mindset for becoming a farmer. You need to have an Amish mindset, or perhaps alternatively an Uncle-Ted mindset. A mindset that you have nothing, except for maybe this plot of land, maybe a semi-warm place to sleep at night, some hand tools and your brain.
I still have no tractor or ATV on my farm. This is one of the first things the AirBnB farmer would have purchased upon acquiring land. I have to walk my fence-lines everyday and roll big wooden posts & barbed wire down massive hills if I want to erect a new fence-line. Every time I think I need a tractor or an ATV, I realize it is a weakness of the mind, an old way in my thinking. Maybe when I am old these motorized things will make more sense but I am still young enough to use my muscles. The only question one should care about is, "How does one make farming your sole means of survival?" After-all we are not running a boarding house for humans here.
I have a unique perspective on wealthy young folk. I come from a fairly meek existence but my parents thought they would give me a leg up on society by sending me away to a private boarding school at the age of 14. I showed some talent in my younger days for studies, so the school was willing to pay for most of the bill. Little did myself or anyone know at the time that eventually I just wanted to become a Goat Farmer. It was at that private school that I saw firsthand what a curse affluence is for young people.
Poor kids somehow envy affluent kids, which is pretty laughable, because the rich kids fall prey to the worst parts of our materialistic modern society. They have mostly an idyllic & naive view of life and they can (and perhaps should) fall prey to the worst possible fall from pride. Since as a farmer they cannot face such a fall they resort to becoming, AirBnB farmers (or drug addicts). The Amish erect barns with their brethren and their bare two hands. For the AirBnB Farmer, farming is yucky and hard, hence they need a tractor to move dirt. Even when they try to seek a transcendence from the materialistic world, They cannot! Because they never knew what a life of deprivation was like and they do not care to find out now.
Embracing a life of much less helped me get out of that mindset. And it helped me realize what a worthless existence an urban life is for someone without materialism. I found myself always seeking to go further and further from civilization when I cast away most of what I had once owned. A place where Natures spirit can still be felt absent of material consumer pleasures.
Good Times Create Weak Men.
I should know, I grew up during weak times. I may not have come from a rich family, but my father was not hard on me. We were not a family with a tradition of: If you "spare the rod, you spoil the child". We were spoiled. We were soft. We were taught to sit in classrooms, obediently yes, like factory workers or they would ADHD drug us! but elsewhere we did what we wanted and nothing else was asked of us outside our homework.
If we did chores we demanded payment even! Some of my friends had "Hard-Dads". They regretted this paternal authority over them. Especially when they saw others living “free-range” lives of parenting "in-absentia". Many of these men whom had "Hard-Dads" still regret this over-bearing father into adult-hood. They will probably end up spoiling their children themselves someday.
Why become a Farmer In Such Weak Times?
To cast away your weakness. To cast away your comforts. Someone has to prepare for hard times, especially if it leads to personal fulfillment and strong families. Do you want to be a weak man if the hard times come?
This is why the lure of the affluent AirBnB farmer is such a trap. If someone has the financial means to start a farm they make even worse blunders than someone who has little means. The AirBnB farmer has yet a whole other problem, an even a worse problem than someone who has less money to work with. Someone with less money can only buy the necessities as they need them. The AirBnB Farmer has the means to invest in a farm that a poor person does not have, but the only proper way to learn how to farm is from starting with nothing. The person who has something usually has squandered it on the wrong things.
If I had more money, I would have blown it on the stupidest of things. I have had to do everything by hand with a shovel. You want to become an Amish farmer. Not an AirBnB farmer who has to seek income through people hanging out at his awesome farm just so he can pay the taxes. I can tell you that they will never be actual farmers. They bought too little land with too high of a tax base, too close to an urban area and they went into it with a very urban fantasy of farming. They probably thank Silicon-Valley for creating AirBnB.
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