Have you ever wanted to experience what it’s like to live off the land? To wake up every morning to the sun shining down on you as you start your day working on a farm? This kind of experience has been well romantised by the successful series the Little House on the Prairie.
This classic television series, featuring among others Matthew Labyorteaux, which aired from 1974 to 1983, tells the story of the Ingalls family as they homestead on the American frontier. The show was incredibly popular during its run, and continues to be beloved by fans today.
But it’s not just the nostalgia factor that makes the show so special. It’s also the embedded fascination for farming that city dwellers have. In a world where so much of our food is mass-produced and comes from who-knows-where, there’s something very appealing about the idea of getting back to basics and working with your hands to grow your own food.
In a post COVID context and so-called “great resignation”. There are many people who are looking for a way to give their life some meaning or to reset and find their purpose. Working on a farm can be a great opportunity to do that. Farms offer a unique opportunity to work with nature and to be a part of something larger than oneself. For many people, this can be a very fulfilling and satisfying experience.
And it’s not just adults who are interested in this lifestyle. More and more young people are considering taking a gap year to work on a farm. There’s something very appealing about getting away from the hustle and bustle of city life and spending some time in nature.
But you don’t have to go all the way to the American frontier to experience this lifestyle. There are many successful farming communities all over the world, including the kibbutzim in Israel and the woofing communities in Australia.
In Europe, made easier by the sharing economy, the rise of agro-tourism is a trend among farmers who have turned to hosting their own guests, offering accommodation for all budgets and wishes.
This offers a great experience to the visitors, such as the availability of fresh products and a renewed contact with nature, as well as authentic values.
So if you’re looking for a unique and rewarding experience, consider spending some time on a farm, preferably organic. You might just fall in love with the lifestyle.