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3 Benefits of Living on a Farm

Richard Clayton Nov 11, 2019
Living on a farm comes with many great lifestyle benefits. However, these benefits may occur at the cost of a little extra work. However, some farm benefits require no extra work and may even save you money. Below are three farm-life benefits that should help you justify all the time you spend looking at great deals on farm houses for sale in Michigan.

More Freedoms

Depending on the size of the rural property you choose, you will have the ability to do an increasing number of things you may not have been able to do when you had neighbors just 50 feet away (or in the next room.)

From planting a garden to keeping animals and even hunting in your backyard, farms offer a lot of freedom for you to do what you want with your own life, time, and property.

Reduced Stress, Better Nutrition, and No-Gym-Needed Fitness

Living on a farm can be a lot of work, depending on what you happen to be doing on a particular day. This, however, comes with the added benefits of working muscles you may not have used in quite some time.
Nearly any farm chore incorporates a set of compound movements that mimic the actions of weightlifting, but that also allows your muscles to relax and stretch in natural ways. This can lead to higher levels of overall fitness, as well as less stress and risk of depression.
The nutrition component is also highly dependent on whether you grow what you eat or not. It also has a lot to do with water quality. Garden grown food often has a higher nutrient load than what you will find in a grocery store.

Further, if you are lucky enough to have a high-quality "shallow" well on your property and get it tested at regular intervals, you can rest easy knowing that your family isn't drinking a mixed-bag of prescription medications.

Financial and Tax Benefits

The economic benefits you can get by living on a farm are determined by answering a few questions, such as:
  • What are you using your land for?
  • How much are you selling?
  • What does your state consider a "working" farm?
  • Are you eligible for any subsidies or exemptions?

For example, if you own a dozen acres in Iowa or Ohio, you will automatically have lower property taxes or get a tax break. You can further lower your tax burden by putting any unused land into a set-aside or forest-reserve program.

These programs often eliminate your tax burden or allow you to receive credit. Even better, property in these programs is usually still able to be used for grazing animals or hunting.

Additionally, just having farmland can be an opportunity to start a business with little to no capital. You can board animals, license your land for hunting, sell food foraged from any wooded area you own (depending on local laws and regulations), or raise goats obtained for free from a dairy if you have a little pasture.