After 7 months of fulltiming, Jim and I have gotten into the groove of doing whatever we want, whenever we want. Sure, there are a few occasions when work-like commitments require us to stay inside and bang away on our keyboards for a few hours. But overall, our life is seriously lacking in any routines.
Sadly though, this trip isn’t about sitting on our butts indefinitely. Now that we have reached the midway point of our year-off, it’s time to test the waters in business choices that we’ve always been interested in, but never had the time to pursue. A “vocation vacation” if you will.
Some ideas about what kind of business we want to run include:
- running a gym
- starting a koi-pond / aquaculture nursery
- buying a doggy daycare and boarding facility
- building an eco-groovy resort or retreat center
- starting a small-scale specialty vegetable / herb farm
Our last choice, the farm, is one that I am more interested in than Jim. He does not want to be a farmer, but I love playing in the dirt. Our final compromise might be some sort of venture that combines the two, such as a resort with it’s own garden that feeds our visitors.
Workcamping on the Farm: Good for Our Diet, and Our Bank Account
With that in mind, we have begun a work camping gig at White Rabbit Acres Farm, in Vero Beach, Florida. I found this opportunity while cruising the Organic Volunteers website, which links up farmers to volunteers who want to learn more about agriculture.
White Rabbit’s owners, Brian and Valerie Quant, were seeking on-site work campers. In return for helping out on the farm a few hours each day, they are providing free RV hookups, and all the organic veggies we want. We’ll be participating in projects ranging from taking care of the animals, to veggie farming, to making biodiesel, to selling goods at the Farmer’s Market.
I jumped at the opportunity, and here we are for a while, sitting out the lousy weather that’s going on up North, while learning more about something we think we might want to do when we grow up. Plus, we’ll be saving several hundred dollars each month our two biggest expenses (rent and fuel), which will stretch our budget and help us travel longer than we originally planned.
The thought of being stationery for a month or two is scary, but this is an opportunity that we can’t pass up. The timing was perfect, and Brian and Valerie are two cool individuals that teach us a lot. We liked them right off the bat, and the four of us share some common interests (Brian is a biodiesel / veggie oil geek, and Valerie completed an Ironman a few years ago!).