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Lawrence Paez

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Would you become a farmer to get away from LP?
« on: December 24, 2017, 01:32:04 AM »
I have thought about it.  To have the ability to dwell in the nation, step out on your farm, no houses nearby, no lights half a mile off, which you can block, then put on your back and look up at the stars.  You have to own a lot of property to do so, and need to live away from most occupations.  Being a farmer might get the job done.  But how much work can it be, and could you do it profitably?



Ronald Bryan

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Re: Would you become a farmer to get away from LP?
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2017, 02:59:58 AM »
The majority of the farms I know of in central Ohio have security lights.Most of these farmers I know of in central Ohio are only gettin' by.

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Re: Would you become a farmer to get away from LP?
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2017, 05:21:41 AM »
Working long hours every day just getting buy, or waiting for harvest day with no income till then just getting by?I calculate on a 50 acre farm, surrounded by similar sized farms, the average farm house would be 1/4 mile away. You could erect shields that block the nearest 4 houses from shining light at your head.One reason I would not want to be a farmer is the risk. You have to buy the land, the seed, the water, the tractor, the picking labor, the pesticides, and you don't know what price the market will offer next year, or what your yield will be. You might make some money one year and lose some the next.

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Re: Would you become a farmer to get away from LP?
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2017, 10:11:11 PM »
It might be easier just to find a farmer who likes looking through your scope and will call you up when there are no clouds, saving you wasted trips.

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Re: Would you become a farmer to get away from LP?
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2017, 10:12:43 PM »
Sorry.Green acres might be the place for me but farm living ain't the life for me.

Keith Pennington

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Re: Would you become a farmer to get away from LP?
« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2017, 06:09:09 AM »
Farming is a difficult, expensive, technically advanced, profession now, not to be casually undertaken.  Most farmers don't realize how "professional" they are.  Old McDonald is dead.I live in a very small Iowa town though, about as far from Omaha, Des Moines, and Sioux City as you can get without getting closer to one of them, and I've found a blue zone 10 minutes drive from my house.  A quarter mile out on an "enter at your own risk" minimum maintenance road, and I can't see a single farm light.  To get a black zone, I'd have to travel over quite a ways into Nebraska.  SO ~ you don't necessarily have to go into that particular line of work to enjoy a rural sky.Marty

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Re: Would you become a farmer to get away from LP?
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2018, 08:26:40 AM »
You should become a bamboo farmer and plant bamboo right underneath the offensive lights.

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Re: Would you become a farmer to get away from LP?
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2018, 08:45:39 AM »
Most of the wheat farmers I know are wealthy.They spend their winters in Palm Springs. Not a bad life.  I am sure it has its pluses and minuses like every profession. Farming does require a science background and degree these days if you expect to make a living at it.As a professional Forester I never had a problem finding a small town for a home.  All small towns have teachers, cops, and other jobs.  Just fewer of them.Go to a town you want to live in and start looking for a job in your field.  There are fewer jobs than in the city, but much less competition and preference is almost always given to local residents.The other is to bring your own job.  My wife once called a internet bookstore that only carried dog and cat books.  After chatting for awhile she asked where they were located.  Turns out about 1/2 mile away in their garage.  With the  internet that is always a possibility.Good luck in your search.  Oh, small towns are VERY different in that each has its own "personality".  Pick wisely.

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Re: Would you become a farmer to get away from LP?
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2018, 07:33:55 PM »
Weed farming is pretty easy.....

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Re: Would you become a farmer to get away from LP?
« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2018, 05:06:36 AM »
Farming is not an easy way to make a living. Startup costs are huge. Agricultural land sells for around $10k per acre. Tractors cost $100k. For an urban dweller with no education and no experience, it would be a guaranteed route to bankruptcy.What you really want is to get away from population centers that generate light pollution. The problem is less a neighbor's intrusive light that you can block. It's the hundreds of thousands of lights that reflect off of smoke, dust and water vapor in the air. A small village, well away from any large city, won't have enough lights to cause a problem.Be aware that there are downsides to living far from a major city. Good paying jobs are few. Local opportunities for shopping and entertainment will be limited. You likely will have to go to a larger town for medical care and automobile service. Plumbers, electricians, etc. will charge extra to come out. If you change your mind, you will have difficulty selling your property.A small village can be a good place to live if you are willing to become part of the community and have a way to earn a living. If you want to move even farther out, you need to be a self sufficient jack of all trades who is content with his own company.

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Re: Would you become a farmer to get away from LP?
« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2018, 10:53:46 PM »
I live in a land that not long ago was covered in farms, small dairy farms that supported one family. One security light per farm.They are all gone now. Farms are large mechanized operations with few actual people, hundreds of cows, a big pit or two for the by-product and lots of lights.Farming ain't what it used to be.

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Re: Would you become a farmer to get away from LP?
« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2018, 03:15:16 AM »
Hi,  Be aware your not moving near one of the recent oil boom areas.  I live on a small ranch in south Texas and an oil field developer pressured the ranch next door to sellout to him. And within a year(2013) about 10 oilfield support businesses popped up right next door including an oil trucking company that put up football stadium type lighting all around his large parking lot. My very dark skies are now ruined. So pick the land you buy carefully.Neilson

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Re: Would you become a farmer to get away from LP?
« Reply #12 on: January 11, 2018, 02:05:17 AM »
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So being a farmer might work. But how much work is it, and could you do it profitably?

Ask a farmer that, and he will laugh in your face.

Farming is a 24/7 job, much harder than most city slickers can imagine. And it's almost impossible to make a living at it.

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Re: Would you become a farmer to get away from LP?
« Reply #13 on: January 11, 2018, 10:54:08 AM »
Lot farmer live in orange and yellow zone in Illinois! I don't want to be farmer but I would like to buy nice 5 to 10 acres land plus 2 private fishing ponds, hunting and half land open for astronomy  in green and maybe blue zone in Illinois.

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Re: Would you become a farmer to get away from LP?
« Reply #14 on: January 12, 2018, 06:56:41 AM »
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<p class="citation">QuoteSo being a farmer might work. But how much work is it, and could you do it profitably?

Ask a farmer that, and he will laugh in your face.

Farming is a 24/7 job, much harder than most city slickers can imagine. And it's almost impossible to make a living at it. [/quote]

My two cousins are full time farmer! Work all the time and rare take vacation but they like what they are doing! Farm equipments is expensive and family work on farm! My cousin have lot of cows for make cheese in Wisconsin and other cousin have lot of cows for meat. They like county and don't like to live in city but hard work on farm! Cows, chicken, pigs, milk, corn, clean up and almost 24 hours work!