Actually, we aren't 100% sure what our dream is. Right now we have 4 acres, a garden, chickens, a couple of goats, a cow my wife milks every morning, and a couple of beehives that are in desperate need of attention (I am a fulltime firefighter who is also a fulltime nursing student, so some of our endeavors are "behind the curve"), but I suspect that those elements (and more) will be incorporated into what we do in retirement. I am really, really interested in the idea of a food forest, but again, I am new to this and have no real idea how to pull it off.
A couple of things:
First, in the interest of full disclosure, my wife is not as "on board" with the permaculture stuff as I am. I am trying to convince her that "no till" gardening without chemicals is actually possible, but that's not the way her father (or anyone in our area, for that matter) does it, so she is skeptical. I am hoping that maybe improving the land in our absence may show her what is possible.
Second, I forgot to mention that the property we are buying has a 1/2 acre, spring fed (sulfur spring, I think), stocked pond (bass and bream) in the middle of it and a well on site, as well. It is fenced on two sides, fairly level, and has about 6 acres of woods on it.