I have been planning my move to a rural property for a few years now. In February, I am putting my house in the SF Bay Area on the market and buying a place in southern Oregon. My oldest daughter is moving with me, my middle two are staying here in the Bay, and my youngest is finishing her Bachelor's at UC Santa Barbara.
I'm a life-long gardener, edibles and ornamentals, so that's not new. A professional chef, so from scratch cooking isn't difficult. I've been practicing all kinds of food preservation, cheesemaking, charcuterie, so I feel pretty well prepared in these areas. My father has been teaching me simple building and woodworking. I took a natural building workshop. While I haven't had livestock, I raised four children, many dogs, cats, rodents, lizards, snakes, birds and bunnies. I have a small income, and my daughter has an outside job, not trying to make money from our homestead/farm. Honestly, I just don't have the patience for that. But I would like to have gatherings/workshops.
I think it will be a much more difficult transition for my daughter than for myself. This is a concern for me. But this is one of the reasons why while we will be rural, town is not far away. We are very different people, and we both need to be happy.