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5 reasons living in the country is better than the city

From leaves changing to fall decorations, living in the country is better than living in the city in the fall.

Mindy Ward, Editor, Missouri Ruralist

October 27, 2016

4 Min Read

Today, I actually feel sorry for suburban and city dwellers. Sure, many of them have made that choice to live where high-rise hotels, bedroom communities and blacktop roads are commonplace. And many love their location. But there is just something about living in the country, during the fall, that they are missing.

Here are five reasons why living in the country is better than living in the city during the fall:

5 reasons living in the country is better than the city

AWESOME LANDSCAPE: Nothing beats seeing the seasons change right out your front window.

1. The view. There is no comparison to the view out my front window. I live in the valley. Across the road is a harvested field, and in the distance is a hillside full of trees whose leaves are turning to hues of orange, yellow and red. It is breathtaking. No obstruction from another home or building, just a clear view of our great country.

2. The drive. I don't need to spend money filling my gas tank traveling an hour to see the changing seasons. I simply pull out of the driveway onto a gravel road and drive to town. A kaleidoscope of leaves hang overhead off branches, or line the dirt road. I pass neighbors who homes are adorned with pumpkins and cornstalks grown at their own farm. Every day there are changes in my drive, especially in the fall. And I have a commute that, when I take the time to slow down and look, shows me the beauty of the seasons.

5 reasons living in the country is better than the city

POPPING UP PUMPKINS: Volunteer pumpkins grow in the pasture, a sight seen across the countryside.

3. The volunteer pumpkin patch. After the pumpkin season, I do not have to throw my pumpkin in the trash can like my city counterparts. I do my own form of pumpkin' chuckin' and heave it over the fence. Birds will often come and clean up the mess. But then there are years I find a surprise — pumpkins growing in the pasture. Living in the country provides the space and freedom to recycle your pumpkins as you like. And the best part — it is the gift that keeps on giving.

5 reasons living in the country is better than the city

ROADBLOCK: You never know what you'll find driving down a country road in the fall.

4. The agritourism. I love agritourism venues. We have two ewes that are currently featured attractions at an agritourism venue. For many city dwellers, fall is one of the few times they interact with farms. They visit corn mazes, take hayrides and interact with farm animals. However, I am fortunate not to travel far for my daily interaction with farm life. I chase pigs down the ditch and have a standoff with a young calf in the middle of the road. Not to mention being able to walk out in my own pastures, and just enjoy the crisp air and sheep grazing. Being involved in agriculture every day is a blessing.

5 reasons living in the country is better than the city

HARD WORK: Farmers toil long hours to bring in the harvest during the fall. Their families rally round, showing the true spirit of America.

5. The work ethic. There is a renewed sense of pride and faith in America when I drive down my country road. I witness farmers working long hours in the field. They miss football games and dance recitals just so they can to help feed, clothe and fuel our nation. Then there are the farm wives who bring food and snacks to their husbands on the combine — once again proving that marrying a farmer requires commitment and compassion. And then there are the farm kids, who will miss a weekend with friends at college to come home and drive the grain cart. They exhibit what is best about living in the country — family. I am humbled to witness these scenes that make living in the country better than living in the city in the fall.

About the Author(s)

Mindy Ward

Editor, Missouri Ruralist

Mindy resides on a small farm just outside of Holstein, Mo, about 80 miles southwest of St. Louis.

After graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism, she worked briefly at a public relations firm in Kansas City. Her husband’s career led the couple north to Minnesota.

There, she reported on large-scale production of corn, soybeans, sugar beets, and dairy, as well as, biofuels for The Land. After 10 years, the couple returned to Missouri and she began covering agriculture in the Show-Me State.

“In all my 15 years of writing about agriculture, I have found some of the most progressive thinkers are farmers,” she says. “They are constantly searching for ways to do more with less, improve their land and leave their legacy to the next generation.”

Mindy and her husband, Stacy, together with their daughters, Elisa and Cassidy, operate Showtime Farms in southern Warren County. The family spends a great deal of time caring for and showing Dorset, Oxford and crossbred sheep.

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