While most people are flocking to cities to find jobs and increase their living standards, there are individuals who are leaving their lucrative day jobs to become small-scale farmers. What is even more interesting is the fact that these individuals do not get fat pay checks as farmers, nor they get huge support from the government. However, in France, Elisabeth Lavarde has done just that by accepting a job as a farmer that pays little more than the minimum pay in her country.
Ms. Lavarde has moved to a little town south of Paris, where she works as an apprentice farmer at a 24-acre farm that provides organic vegetables directly to local consumers. According to her, she wanted to get away from the rate race in the city. Working as a small-scale farmer has its challenges, but the peace of mind that comes seeing the blue sky over your head is a welcome reprieve. In fact, she is not the only person to do that. In France, hundreds of high paying individuals have gone to farming in a country which relishes country living and gastronomic treasures such as Camembert cheeses and Bordeaux wines.
However, the journey to become a successful farmer is not easy. France does not actively support small farmers. Instead, most of the advantages are usually restricted to large farms that can show experience and the probability of successful produce. This may seem justified as government authorities claim that locals living in villages do not want to sell their land for farming. In such conditions, the government has to use its limited resources, effectively. As for farmers, including Elisabeth Lavarde, they needed to get support from a non-profit organisation that hooks new farmers with veterans in the field. As new farmers gain experience, it is easier for them to apply for a farming land, which are often restricted to experienced individuals who have the resource to establish a successful business.
Even if everything goes according to the plan, experienced farmers in France claim that farming is not a very attractive alternative for new farmers. Most of these new farmers have to compete with large organisations and ever increasing costs of farming. Still, many find it irresistible to move away from the big cities to live their own version of a comfortable life.