I have spent hours reading the posts in this forum-- what a great idea, and what a great bunch of people! At the end of last year, my husband and I decided to leave the suburbs and move waaaay out of town. We made the decision for a variety of reasons, but the most pertinent one (to this discussion) is that we wanted our kids to grow up with a real work ethic, and not to be caught up in keeping up with the Joneses. It's much easier to do when you have your own space and lots of work that needs the whole family pitching in to complete. We found 20 acres nestled in the North River Valley of Madison County, Iowa- home of the famous Covered Bridges. I am marveling at a most incredible sunset from my front porch at the moment. We have truly left the suburban life behind. We have three horses, about 16 acres of hay (in 2 pastures, 10 and 6 acres). We also have the horses in a (approximately) 3 acre pasture. We have a large machine shed (about the size of a 4-car garage), a modest sized barn, with room for about 8 stalls (though now we have 3 generous sized stalls), an old hog (?) shed that is 3-sided. I also have a generous paddock. I am looking for ideas on a business that we can start here. I find myself feeling so much peace when I am cleaning the barn or just spending time working on something that needs to be fixed. I like my job fine, but I really enjoy the work at my house, and especially with the animals. Looking at my setup, does anything come to mind? I would eventually like to quit my job and make my portion of our living from work I do here. I obviously will need to do some heavy research, find a mentor, check with other similar businesses, etc. I have no delusions about the length of time or committment that this will take. I am just looking at various options, and wonder if those of you with more experience can shed some light on what might be lucrative and enjoyable. I can't, however, raise animals for slaughter. I just can't eat something I name. : ) I could raise goats (I love them), cattle, pigs, etc., (I have experience with all of them, though minimal). I would just appreciate any help you can provide to this newbie! Thanks in advance.