Hello all, I just wanted to get some feedback on this issue. My mother-in-law has decided to put the money down ($40,000) to buy us a farm in SE Minnesota! The area is beautiful, and there is plenty of land to farm (35 acres w/ 22 acres tillable). She and my wife are ready to move as soon as it closes (Nov.31) but I have severe reservations (fear?). For one thing, jobs are scarce in that area and would most likely have to drive 38 miles to La Crosse, WI for employment. It would be several years before we could just make enough to get by with a CSA. Also, farmers are going out of business left and right at this time in Minnesota and everywhere else as far as I can see! There are many other issues that I won't bore you with (leaving my 83 year-old mother in Houston, getting along w/ mother-in-law, a city boy living in such isolation, and dealing with the SNOW). My wife thinks I just fear change, but I have a fairly good job now in retail management that I hate but at least it pays the bills. Has anyone made such a drastic change before, and if so how did it turn out? Are people struggling to pay mortgage, and bills and such out in the country? Any feedback would be appreciated. Stuck in Houston, Tx but may be moving to Houston County, MN James ps Neither of us knows SQUAT about farming or homesteading, except what we read about...and the idea of it is greatly appealing!