Now 20 years into our relationship, we have decided to move away from the city and get a farm. For years, all I wanted was to live closer to nature, so we started looking for farmland to acquire. Eventually, we found a 200-acre plot of land which we now have, and where we own and run a family farm raising over 150 sheep.
Since I have been living out of the city and closer to nature, I feel more connected to the seasonal changes that happen every year. These allow me to engage with the environment around me in different ways, and from activities to clothing, there is a cycle that stops anything from becoming stagnant.
For example, I’m preparing for the winter now, so there is still a lot of outdoor work to do. I wake up, feed the animals, then do various chores like clear bushes, cut trees. I also have various projects running at the moment, like building a chicken coop.
This lifestyle excites me and makes me happy. And while most people think my love for the wilderness grew once I moved to Canada, that isn’t true. Surprisingly, it was my upbringing in Singapore.
Growing up, my grandmother lived in a kampong near Sembawang. She had chickens and fruit trees—rambutan, custard, apple, mangoes and a few others. There was a community of people living together, and it was a very natural way of life. A lot of the food we ate came from the land around us, and I was exposed to different farm animals that are harder to come by now.
The kampong has now been demolished, but my interest in crops, plants, and animals never left me.
Source: MSN | World News