A 115 year old farmhouse for sale in Eastern Tennessee
This little thing called life is funny sometimes. Ironic too. If someone had told me five years ago that we would be looking to buy land and start a small farm I would have laughed in their face. Yet, here I am today trying to figure out how to do just that.
Truth is, I've changed a lot in the past 4 years. Sometimes it is almost hard for me to comprehend it myself. My goals, ideals and morals have all shifted and I like to think for the better. A dream evolved in my heart and I long for it to come to fruition so badly that sometimes it actually hurts.
We're done with this fast paced suburban life of high taxes and traffic everywhere you turn. We are looking for a home and land far from the hustle and bustle of New Jersey. Land that we can nurture and develop. Somewhere where we can create a small family enterprise that will someday continue to sustain our children and possibly their children. A place where we grow and raise most of our own food. Fresh, good food that doesn't come in packages or boxes. Food that we can share with others in the form of workshops and gatherings. I would love nothing more than to share my passion for canning and preserving with others. I am surrounded by talented friends and family who could use our home to offer workshops of things like photography, styling, cake decorating and the list could go on. I would be wholly in my element to host guests, creating meals and gatherings for like minded creative people.
My husband would rather be outside in a field instead of being trapped in a stuffy office with cranky coworkers. I would love nothing more than to escape working in an industry where commercialism is king and every holiday is slowly disappearing because it's more important to be open for business 24-7 than let your employees spend time with their families. We soldier on every day working to figure out a way to make it all happen.
We spend much of our spare time searching Realtor.com or Zillow, looking in eastern Tennessee and even the western part of North Carolina for the perfect property. My heart skipped a beat a few weeks ago when I found an 1895 farmhouse with a barn and an original two story log cabin on 8 acres. I immediately envisioned setting the cabin up as accommodations for guests. Planting fields of strawberries and other seasonal fruits and vegetables where guests can pick their own then learn how to can and preserve the bounty. Communal dinners set up in the barn after long days laboring in the most rewarding of ways.
These dreams have been so heavy on my heart and mind lately that I was almost startled when a company that helps fulfill dreams such as mine asked me to share my goals. Kabbage is a lending company that specializes in small business loans and entrepreneurs. I usually never create posts for companies ~ that isn't what this place is about. I am not being compensated either, but the fact that I was asked me to write a post about my dreams and goals at a time in life when we are eager to transition and make our dreams come true seemed surreal. Kismet actually. I haven't shared this with a lot of people in detail so thank you Kabbage for reaching out to me so I actually verbalized it all.