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The Economics of Dieting

A Meeting on the Future

Had a meeting with my lovely wife today to talk about pursuing a move to a farm. The main purpose being that we could grow more of our own food and bring the excess to the market.

We have decided to look into leasing a place, and then after we perfect our system trying to raise money to buy a place.

If you're interested here are my notes from the meeting:


From Evernote:

April 23 2012








Goals for acquiring a farm.


  • Identify potential locations
  • Plan fundraising to lease or buy farm

Identify potential locations

Should we use resources to lease or focus on buying?

Kate is concerned with owner selling property.

Advantages of Leasing

  • Can happen faster.
  • Start up cost less.
  • Easier to find a working farm to lease, I.e. with structures on it.
  • Easier to get out of.
  • Landlord has some responsibility as far as upkeep.
  • We can continue to live somewhere else and work the farm.

Disadvantages of Leasing

  • Investing in someone else's property.
  • Landlord's will is a factor in improvements.
  • Reliant on the lease.
  • Pressure of rent.

Advantages of Buying

  • Long term investment.
  • Can build what you want when you want and how you want.
  • Potential inheritance for the African children.
  • No eviction threat.
  • Can take your time building.
  • Save on rent in the long run.

Disadvantages of Buying

  • Not easy to get out of.
  • Large lump sum payment required.
  • More potential to become mired in local politics.

We Have to Make a Decision

Which path?

Begin by leasing.

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