We have been homesteading me for 42 years me and the wife married 14 years ago. I worked a full time job untill I retired at 56. Me and the wife threw everything we had at the farm and it was and still is a good life. Raised most all our food. Canned several hundred quarts of fruit and vegetables, raised fish in the pond harvested deer and the whole bit. 40 raised beds in the vegetable garden 20x4 feet, 105 raised beds in the wifes experimental herb, flower garden. Now have 120 acres. small morgage. Now the wife has gone back to work, This year five tomatoe plants , a bed of squash , six rows of sweet corn, canned nothing. We are tired, we can buy all our food much cheaper and easier than we can grow it. The raised beds in the veg garden are flat and planted in grass. The Herb garden has 28 beds none of my kids want the work needed to keep the farm, neither does any of the wifes folks. We have about $300,000 actual money invested in the land the houser, studio, shops, barns fencing. No one in his right mind would spend that much for the farm so we will start subdividing it up this fall. Breaks our heart but we just do not want to expend the energy and diesel fuel it takes to keep it cleared and trimmed up. I have cut back to 10 hour days 7 days a week. The wife works on the farm on the weekends. The good news is subdivided it will probaqbly bring lots more than we paid. We will keep 50 acres but the rest goes to build farmets on 3 to five acres. Realestate friend says he can sell it all with in 90 days at 5k per acre. So why even think about farming. The day of living on your own little farm is still doable but its going to be the hardest work , and the longest hours you have ever done. Thats my experence. And all my neighbors, they all work full time jobs and that supports the farm. With out the job they would all be selling. My next door neighbor has 800 plus raises cattle his family has been here for five generations. they have four kids raised on the farm but have all moved to the city and do not intend to work the way their mother and father have.