Buying a Farm

Photo Prompt Bill Reynolds

It was our chance to farm.

A bargain.

The work repairing the rundown greenhouse coops was exhausting. Using all our savings, it was operational in four months.  

2am starts broke our resolve. Picking and packing herbs under floodlight; driving to market; the rush to set-up by 5am.


Unwitting customers pulling faces at $2 for fresh basil, mint, comfrey or dill. No mind for the effort in producing it ready for sale. Herbs an extravagant extra they could easily do without.

Was this our future, our retirement dream?

The farm sold in three days for double the price we paid.

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53 thoughts on “Buying a Farm”

  1. They made their money; just not how they envisioned. People have no idea when they give farmers a hard time on prices. I refuse to barter with them, knowing…

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        1. Quality doesn’t come cheap so if the market forces bring down fruit and vege prices, perhaps we should tip those market stall holders? Australia does not have a tipping culture but, that would be a situation when it seems warranted.

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          1. No, it does not. The ones who irk me are the obviously affluent people who will bargain like the dickens with the farmer, then go out for a $200 lunch. Lady (or gent) – priorities!! 🙂


            1. Oh Dale. I am so with you there. Some wealthy splash money around like there is no tomorrow, whilst others are miserly to the nth degree. They appear truly insecure where money is concerned.

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  2. Yeah, it takes a lot of research and a palette of potential customers for something like that. Good for them that they get their money back and more, but the dream’s gone. Great take.

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    1. The dream is gone for those two farmers indeed. Unfortunately the real characters on which the story is based, did not quite double their money. They did receive a dose of life experience.

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    1. No, Neil. The market forces never appreciate the hard labour and background to growing a product. Especially your time. Can you imagine how much the $2 herb would be if that was factored into the price?


  3. We’ve been enjoying the summer produce from local farms. It’s definitely hard work, and they cannot compete with big business farms in terms of prices, but the taste is so much better.

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    1. I agree, smaller, fresh farming produce is often higher quality, Merrill. The larger farming concerns yield more and probably make more money but lack that extra ?finesse and personal touch that small growers appear to invest in their crop. Often the small farmers follow more sustainable practices and offer organic produce, which always seems to taste better.

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  4. You pretty much nailed it as for the work of nursery people. Add the demands of geography (like Aussie outback?), and it seems impossible to me. It is a tough business requiring dedication and perseverance I can only imagine. Well done. 🙂

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    1. You are correct, Bill. Perseverance, dedication and even perhaps a dose of pig-headed stubbornness is necessary for some regions of farming to make ends. It is never an easy life for many in the Aussie outback unless you have one of those massive leasehold properties. You are always beholden to the forces of weather and the market economies, neither of which is under your control. Not my choice. Although I once considered it.

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  5. Well done in 100 words or less. I couldn’t have. My husband and I took over his parents farm that they leased out. The old folks grew milo and corn until they died. We could write off the loss most years until we sold it to hunters. The only offer on it ever. No one can make a good living farming other than the corporations. Just too sad. What will we do when there is no food or clean water left?

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    1. It is a sad thought that our food might be grown by corporations who are more interested and driven by profits than nutrtition, or quality. The Moth’s family had several very lucrative vege farms on alluvial black soil. It was a licence to print money but mind you, they worked so very hard 8 days a week for almost 50 years. A corporation bought their farm when they retired….

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          1. I’m in full agreement with you. The cook for Meals on Wheels here says when they start making him take hamburger with the green slime in it he’s quitting. They use a lot of liquid eggs etc. I hate what’s happening to our food here too.


            1. I hate it too. While there are moves to more organic foods, it is by no means mainstream and in some areas, there are only generic offering which are always poor in quality. Another sign of a sick sad world (as the cartoon Daria, would lament).

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  6. Seems to me farmers are getting less and less credit these days. Shutting down their production in order to save the planet is the height of irony. Growing up in the Midwest has given me a great esteem for farmers.

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