Hello everyone, and welcome to My Green Acres!
We’re here to engage and inspire you to learn more about country and small town living anywhere in the world, and to provide information and resources that allow you to stay on your green acres and continue developing them, or help you create your first or second home on your own patch of paradise!
My Green Acres Story
I’m John Stein and I grew up on a family farm in central Iowa surrounded by loving parents, 7 siblings and a wide variety of domestic and farm animals of all kinds. I give the landscape a lot of credit for shaping me, the things I believe and the things I do. Fortunately we still have our piece of paradise in our family. It now qualifies as a Century Farm, and comes with a lot of amazing family history, as our ancestors were the original homesteaders. This way of life has been a priceless inheritance.
Yet many changes have occurred in agriculture over the past 50 years. I have watch the rural landscape transition from widespread farm crises in the 80s, to meth land in the 90s, to opiod land in the new millennium. I’ve seen school districts consolidate, and small towns shrink or disappear altogether. It’s been a travesty to observe. I believe it’s been even worse for the individual, family and social fabric of my state and country. These trends must be more broadly realized, changed, reversed and transformed.
Transforming the World One Click at a Time
It must be transformed because there is no place on earth like your own piece of paradise in the country or small town. It’s well worth just being present in the fresh air, clean water and rich soil. What you don’t realize until you’ve been there a while is that your mindset is being molded and your soul is being shaped around the contours of the land and the values of the way of living.
My purpose here is, therefore, to support, assist and help you either remain on your own green acres if you’re already there and pondering or needing to go elsewhere. It’s also to engage you and inspire you to look into your own rural buildings and grounds away from the rat race, that can serve as either your first or second or even third home that would allow you to get away for a while, raise a family, or feed a few goats.
You are in the right place if you need or want to…
- Refresh and rewind
- Find some peace and solace
- Raise a family safely
- Slow down
- Get back to nature
- Spend time with family and friends at your own haven
- Raise farm animals
- Be a hobby farmer
- Create space for any old hobby
- Live in the country
- Connect with the landscape around you
- Grow a garden
- Live independently off the grid
- Plant, grow, learn how to prune and care for trees
- Want to start your own business that supports your property
- Find your purpose and passions
- Rebuild rural America one click at a time
- Create your own little patch of paradise
What’s Your Green Acres Story?
So if you’ve had enough of the rat race, and you believe there’s more to life than increasing its speed, our purpose is to help you find your purpose. And there’s no better way to do that than to get away from it all, full or part-time.
If you ever need a hand, have questions, or want to share your own inspiring story, feel free to respond below and I will be more than happy to do what I can to help you move forward wherever you are in your journey.
All the best,
John Stein | mygreenacres.org