Tuesday, Apr 24, 2018

Category: Hobby Farming

Spring Fever? Consider High End Hobby Farming

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My husband and I planted our first real garden last summer and let me tell you, we spent way more than the veggies were worth but the pleasure of watching them grow each and every day was one of our favorite after work activities.  It appears we aren’t the only ones grabbing on to this outdoor activity.  The Wall Street Journal today ran an article called Backyard Farming Gets Fancy By ANNE MARIE CHAKER.

Here are a few excerpts from the article.

What would posesses a person to buy a $1,200 chicken coop, or a $45 white-enamel pail? Outdoorsy activities are getting a high-end makeover and consumers are flocking to the trend.

Can chicken feed, canning jars and garden hoses feel chic? Absolutely, say retailers cashing in on the “modern homesteader” craze. As more urban and suburban homeowners take up backyard farming, items like chicken coops, beehives, gardening tools and pickling and canning supplies are getting more stylish and pricey. (With all these high end purchases, these hobby farmers should consider The BenchtopPRO to clean their dirty and greasy farming tools – keeping their investments in tip top shape)

Homesteaders say their back-to-the-land activities go beyond mere hobbies and provide emotional nourishment and a certain inner peace. Eliza Zimmerman, 55, and her husband, Peter, a 57-year-old architect, tend vegetable and herb gardens and three beehives on their 10-acre property with an 1890s farmhouse in Chester Springs, Pa., outside Philadelphia. On the agenda for spring: chickens.

“It’s what I did with my grandmother—the chickens, the gardening, the canning, the bees,” Ms. Zimmerman says. “It is my Zen—a memory of what made me feel safe and good and warm.” And jars of homemade honey make great gifts, she adds.

Modern homesteading style shares some of the spirit of the shabby chic interiors of the 1990s, when chipped-paint furniture and tea-stained fabrics conveyed a desirable aged patina. The homestead aesthetic is more than visual, though, encompassing a range of do-it-yourself activity, like brewing beer, pickling vegetables and making cheese.

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