I am new to this site although I have been snooping around I have just registered.
I do have something to say. All my life I have wanted to live this life, growing all or most of my food including animals........ I love the feel and smell of dirt.......... Man have I had big dreams.... but what I want to say is this: Don't just dream about it.......DO IT.......... I find myself now in bad health and divorced.......... am having to live the CITY life because I had to move in with my daughter, who doesn't share this idea..........
I always was "making a living" or "next year" or "when I pay down my debt".......... PLEASE IF YOU WANT THIS LIFESTYLE, DO IT NOW, BECAUSE ONE DAY MAY NEVER COME.
Most excellent words of wisdom, and ones we need to hear now and then....
I knew I couldn't move back when I started my perma-journey so I got-started right where I am, in the city! I have done so much and learned so much over the last 6 years that now I'm better prepared for the next move life has for me. Your right - just get started now - where ever you are in life.
You can do it on a smaller scale in the city too! Find shared gardens, container planting on your roof or in your yard, plant some food trees, herbs on your windowsill, whatever it takes to get some dirt around you. Research it, you'll be surprised what's out there in the cities.
And even in the city, even in a dark apartment. Something can be grown!!!
Perhaps it won't be the grand plan you might have but something is better than nothing!!!
And really big cities are actually becoming good places for community gardening. There is probably a very big added benefit to community gardening, a social aspect that might be very important to the older generations. There is so much isolation of older people in the burbs, especially around here where there is such a large amount of retired people and may of them don't get out to garden on their own lots and it would probably be dangerous for some of them but the scale of a community plot with other people about might be far more appropriate for a gardener with physical limitations.
There are some community gardening organizations in big cities that are doing some really wonderful things and I bet many of them would really appreciate sharing wisdom with some one longing for Dirt!