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New Health in Digging in The Dirt

Coutesy of Reuters, Kim HongJi

Park Iktae of Reuters has a nice article on how some Koreans are rediscovering the countryside as a way of living better and are moving back to a slower lifestyle.  Considering the financial crises in the rest of the world, this might be a reasonable alternative.

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  • http://www.sperwerslog.com Sperwer

    There was an exhibition about moving back to the land at SETEC a couple weeks ago, to which my wife dragged me. I think her retirement plans include putting me to work as a draft animal.

  • http://bcarr.com Brendon Carr

    So all that working out will have a use after all! Great news!

  • keith

    With Korea having so little truly productive land it must be difficult to make ends meet running a farm. A small farm can be profitable though, a friend of mine’s dad runs a small organic farm with a cafe, and farm shop in the UK and makes quite good money. I don’t know how much he makes, but he does drive a rather nice Jaguar when he’s not on the tractor!

    His strawberries and his seasonal asparagus are two of the the most amazing I’ve ever had and completely unlike the crap you get in the supermarket, discerning chefs from posh local restaurants beat a path to his door when many of his specialty products come into season . They haven’t bothered with an internet site, as they don’t need any more orders.

    They don’t try and compete with the big boys, but sensibly concentrate on quality and more unusual fruits and vegetables and I don’t see any reason a similar model couldn’t work here. You’re not going to make any money growing radishes, cabbages, rice and all the stuff that pretty much every farmer grows here. A niche business supplying hotels, discerning foodies and restaurants with top quality premium products could possibly be a worthwhile venture for someone who knew a bit about farming.

  • gbnhj

    Sounds idyllic, but the so-described ‘voluntary poverty’ such persons make when taking up a life of farming is actually only possible through tax revenue generated by their city-dwelling brethren. According to the article, agricultural subsidies to farming families account for 45 percent of those families’ income – double that given to farmers in the EU. Sure, it’s a great life – urban-based wageslaves are paying heavily for it, so what’s not to like?

  • iMe

    would love to own a cattle ranch in oregon or colorado when i retire.

  • Wedge

    Wasn’t there a story a few months ago about a lot of those people going Green Acres not finding life so idyllic, halcyonic or any other -ic on the back 40 and heading back to the dark satanic mills?

  • R. Elgin

    Wedge, I did have one monk tell me that there were more than a few people who had failed in business moving out to the Jirisan area and trashing the countryside. Considering my crazy neighbors who insist on chopping the tops out of their ginko trees, they must be pretty bad.

  • dogbertt

    As I posted previously, there is one fellow out in the Korean countryside who is making good money cultivating sturgeon for caviar.

  • gbnhj

    I lived and worked in Nonsan, in rural Chungcheongnam-do, for a couple of years. This was years ago, but I imagine the town has roughly the same charm now as it did then. ;) ‘Nonsan’ is the perfect name for the place – there’s a lot of ‘non’ and a lot of ‘san’ and not much else. I was never so happy to go back to city life as I was after my two-year stint there was up.