I found an article today written by another farmer. Wow, did he hit the nail on the head of what we have been feeling here on our little homestead. I encourage you to go read it at the following link: http://midlandagrarian.blogspot.com/2009/05/agrarian-rat-race.html
I have had these exact same thoughts. I may not MAKE any extra income, but if I can save $10,000 from not having to buy items at the grocery store then that is quite an income indeed! We still have a large grocery bill even though we raise most of our own vegetables. The real savings comes when we no longer have to purchase our meat at the store. It won't be much longer now seeing as how the cow, the sheep, and the chickens are all growing by the day! We also drink an enormous amount of milk in our house. I could save a ton of money by milking the cow. Perhaps one day I can really achieve that goal, but for today I will be happy with meat and veggies!
grace and peace,