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Adventures in Suburban Farming

Adventures in Suburban Farming
Dreaming of a small farm? One couple reassessed their urban property and made their farm dreams come true with vertical gardening and planning.

Photo by Stan Slaughter and Linda Chubbuck Many of us foster the dream of owning a small farm somewhere, the garden bursting with ripe vegetables and well-fed animals providing milk, eggs, and meat.Stan Slaughter and Linda Chubbuck found themselves facing this dilemma in early 2020.At the end of 2020, Gallup found in a poll that almost half of Americans (48 percent) say they would prefer to live in a small town or rural area, up significantly from 39 percent in 2018.But no matter how many people carry this dream, the realities of living in a rural area and taking care of a farm are just not practical for everyone.

After a year of long-distance dating, they bought a house in suburban Kansas City — a great place to start their lives together, they thought, but always intended as a pit stop on the way to a farmhouse and several acres.In the meantime, several of their adult children moved to the Kansas City metro area, got married, and started families.

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