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"Wannabe" homesteaders need mentoring outlet.

COUNTRYSIDE: I've been reading COUNTRYSIDE for about two years now. I typically devour it immediately and have to wait for the next issue. I am with the readers who want it to go monthly.

I am writing in response to several letters: in the Nov./Dec. issue, "Couple needs your expertise," and "Recent widows need support," in the Sept./ Oct. issue. I have long had a desire to live self-sufficiently in the country. COUNTRYSIDE fuels my desire, but having been born and raised in the big city, the prospect is daunting. I don't know if I could handle the big move. Even if I could, would it be the life I hoped for? I want to taste the life before I commit to it. Also, many of the how-to articles are somewhat advanced; a person could get hurt following instruction he doesn't quite understand, but thinks he does. I need a teacher or a mentor.

It occurred to me that many other readers might be caught in this dilemma too. It seems from reader's letters, that many homesteaders, especially newcomers, widows and the elderly who already have the requisite skills, are overwhelmed at various times of the year with the amount of work to be done. I wonder if bringing homesteaders and homesteader-wannabes like me together might help everybody? I read with interest "Reunion at the Poorfarm in Indiana." That is the kind of thing I have in mind, but on a smaller scale, year round. Perhaps a modified form of the old migrant farm worker system. Perhaps all of the above.--T. Lynch, Maryland
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Title Annotation:Country conversation & feedback
Author:Lynch, T.
Publication:Countryside & Small Stock Journal
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Jan 1, 2005
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