back to the land
I had five acres with horses and cattle. The cattle were to keep the paddocks clean for the horses but I picked up the horse manure every day. Locals thought I was mad, walking around with my wheelbarrow and dog ambling along but the acreage wasn't big enough for several broodmares and young TB's being raised. From there I went back to Uni. got a new degree in Urban Geography and now am a consultant in economic development. I've been doing this for over 20 years, live in Auckland (I nearly wrote toxic Auckland but don't want to be rude) but will sell this year and move back onto the land. I'd rather be there than at the beach and, I need some paddocks for my horses, yep, still have them! Provincial NZ is really struggling and if anyone is interested, this is a topic I am very interested in. Lifestyle blocks have huge potential and can generate an income stream. I am running a one-day conference in Dannevirke April 14. www.provincialmatters.co.nz If anyone books and mentions LSB - LSB will get a donation of 5%. I agree with some of you commenting on the great work Kate has done and i'm happy to contribute. cheers Karen
Pity it is so far away but looks like it would be really interesting.
Isnt amazing how horses pull us back to the land, despite urban jobs etc
.....I just like the space, few animals to fill the freezer, a horse and a dog to keep me poor.....a few fruit trees, a garden no stress no worry ..friends and neighbours for a few drinks .....money isn't everything ....and being productive can be just doing nothing
People often think that cos they may be able to claim back GST, they are winning - well it ain't true. You can't beat a steady job in town!
Having said all that, of course you can grow a lot of stuff and minimise your expenditure.
I think the main joy of owning a bit of dirt is being able to indulge your whims and run a few animals for the freezer and grow heaps of veges to give away!
5 acres, Ferguson 35X and implements, Hanmay pto shredder, BMW Z3, Countax ride on mower, chooks, Dorper and Wiltshire sheep. Bosky wood burning central heating stove and radiators. Retro caravan. Growing our own food and preserving it. Small vineyard, crap wine.
Quite right - the choice is yours but don't lose sight of the option to relax. How does it go - 'work to live, don't live to work' 
belinda_h;510675 wrote: Why do we want to make money from our blocks? Maybe because there are still bills to be paid, which means either taking a job elsewhere, or making an income from the land we own. I enjoy my job (most days) but still, if I could find a way to generate enough income to pay the bills and have a life (eg occasional travel, concerts, books etc) I would be even happier. And if I could do that in a way that contributed to the wider local economy, eg by getting to the point where I could give someone else a paying job so they could pay their bills too, that would be even better.
Yes I too need to earn to live and pay the telephone bill, rates etc. I guess if you don't need to earn you are very fortunate. I haven't reached that stage. One of the things I am interested in too is New Zealand's economy and jobs for Kiwis. NZ could and can produce food in particular which is clean and green - organic. As we build more roads and more and more farmland gets put into lifestyle blocks, we have less land to produce food, particularly if that land is used for nothing. So the idea of productivity doesn't necessarily equate with greed - earning money to accumulate it - some of us need to work and have an income stream and i'm not apologising for that! Most of us do.
They give kids and their friends space to play .....everything from trees to climb to paddocks to learn to drive in and ride dirt bikes and horses, target shooting...........which as said are fast disappearing in city area's. You can't put a price on raising children who are involved in the outdoors rather than those who grew up in front of a TV or computer screen.
Some people plant rare trees apples like monty's surprise which have valuable genetics but will probably not become a commercial crop.....
So many people are focuse on money these days, there are other values which are more important.