Event: Maple Syrup Festival – Indian Creek Nature Center

Event notice!

The 37th Annual Maple Syrup Festival

Indian Creek Nature Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Join in on the fun at the 37th anniversary Maple Syrup Festival! Enjoy a taste of real, handcrafted maple syrup fresh from the tap, and stay for the weekend of family fun.

The Maple Syrup Festival features syrup making demonstrations,

a look at the action inside the Maple Sugar House, and live music while you enjoy a delicious pancake and sausage breakfast with real maple syrup handcrafted at the Nature Center.

Cost is $5 for children, $10 for adults. Learn more at the Indian Creek Nature Center website.



Country Living – Yeah, it’s Like That!

Living, playing or working in the country is a LOT like the Green Acres theme song. There’s a push – pull, and if you feel the pull, it will be difficult to resist.

It might come from living there your entire life, and you see no point in leaving.

It could be that you’ve had it up to there with where you’re at and what you’re doing, and it’s simply time for a change, a different pace, a simpler, down-sized life.

In case after case, we’re beginning to see the millennial demographic leave, learn, and return to a lower cost of living, portable, transferable businesses that they’ve started, or to start or raise a family.

If you feel the pull, don’t resist it. Go for a visit, schedule a get-away, or plan your next move. Country living – it’s like that!

A Little Something from Rural Pearl

It’s almost Spring where we are in central Iowa. It’s been a mind winter compared to most, but they still certainly get long.

This brief poetry video crossed my inbox today from Rural Pearl out of Lawrence, Kansas, and I just wanted to pass along. Check out Angie’s artwork on her site. Awesome stuff!

Video from KarmaTube


Green Acres is the Place To Be – Farm Livin’ is the Life for Me

Well, I suppose we should get this one out of the way! For those of you too young or too urbanized to remember, Green Acres was a sitcom in the late 1960’s about a New York City attorney (Eddie Albert) and his wife (Eva Gabor) who attempt to live as regular country folk in the bizarro community of Hooterville.

The show aired from 1965 to 1971, and the lyrics of the opening were worth the price of admission all by themselves!

Green acres is the place to be
Farm livin’ is the life for me
Land spreadin’ out so far and wide
Keep Manhattan, just give me that countryside
New York is where I’d rather stay
I get allergic smelling hay
I just adore a penthouse view
Dahling I love you but give me Park Avenue
The chores, the stores
Fresh air, Times Square
You are my wife
Good bye, city life
Green acres we are there
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Vic Mizzy


Yah, trust me, they don’t make em like that any more. In fact, they quit making them like that around 1970 or shortly thereafter as part of the rural purge by CBS. The rural purge was essentially a series of cancellations of still-popular rural-themed televisions shows with demographically skewed audiences. Shows like Mayberry RFD, The Beverly Hillbillies, and Green Acres, in addition to many others, all came to an end, as CBS moved to programming with a more urban and suburban appeal. Coincidentally, that’s about the time the “rural purge” started in real life as well, as the mass exodus from rural to urban/suburban was just in its infancy around the country. Dahling I love you but give me Park Avenue.


While television shows like Green Acres are still entertaining to this day, and the socio-cultural implications of the 50-year-old rural purge are well worth reflecting on, I believe the pendulum is starting to move in the other direction due to financial, demographic and technological forces, and our beloved green acres are once again on the verge of a rural splurge, otherwise known as a Rural Renaissance. In spite of decades of counter-productive federal agricultural policy and reckless farm bills, a tipping point of stakeholders have woken up to the value of being surrounded by green acres, and a treasure of national, state and local policies, processes, programs, funding and resources exist to “keep Manhattan and give us that countryside.”
Stay tuned to this site in the coming months and years as we’ll be sharing everything we know, in addition to everything we learn, with you about programs, policies and resources that empower you to carve out your niche in the country so that it’s there when you want it or need it!


Green Acres weee are theeeeeeere!!

Start Your Day Here – Every Single Day

The Hunger Site

I like to start my day here: The Hunger Site

A few simple clicks every morning and I already know I’ve done something for someone else. It’s more than one tab after you click on The Hunger Site, so make sure you click on all the tabs. It only takes a few seconds and does a world of good.

I start my day here every morning, and invite you to as well.

About My Green Acres

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