Two acres. Before moving out of the city, we thought that two acres was a lot of land. From the perspective of a suburban dweller, two acres is a lot of space. After living here for the last five years, our perspective has changed. Two acres is just about enough for a large garden, a pond and a couple of cows. It is enough land to eat up your time and but not enough to qualify for agricultural property tax status.
The move from a suburban neighborhood to a rural piece of land was a good one. While we are not ranchers, nor farmers, we do live a more rural lifestyle. We feel more connected to the land and our food. Our commute has increased by about 5 miles each way, but we now get to watch the corn, wheat and alfalfa fields mature throughout the season. Occasionally, we see a calf born on the way to the office.
It’s a good life and two acres is about right for now. There is a richness and a depth in rural life that soothes the soul and calms the mind. Watching the cows is often more enjoyable than prime time television…
The weird part is that you just don’t get it until you take the plunge and move out of the subdivision.