I used to have the same dream. I worked construction and lived in 16 different States; following the big jobs from powerhouses, to papermills, to Chemical Plants, to oil Refineries, to Car Plants, to State Prisons, to 'you name it.' At about 42-years of age, I discovered I wasn't as young as I used to be and I made the decision to sell everything and move away from the big cities I had hated for the past 22-years. I bought a small, 3 bedroom, brick Indian house, in Oklahoma, that had been foreclosed on and I lease 4 additional acres adjacent to it. (total of 5 acres). I took up teaching school as a substitute teacher and went back to college to earn my Teaching Degree. I quit working construction and taught a country school of about 200 kids from pre-K to 12th grade. (That gave me summers off, to garden and to sell produce).
I grew up on a 210-acre farm, so 5 acres felt like a postage stamp at first, but as I get older (59-years) I start to realize that 5-acres is all a person really needs. I have a drilled well with excellent water. I have an outhouse in case we ever need it for power outages (which happens occasionally). I have a hog pen, a hen house full f laying hens, and a flock of Cotton Patch Geese. I have an orchard, I have a hand planted berry patch, and a quarter-acre Certified Organic Garden. We used to heat with wood only, but as we cleared more and more timber, we resorted to using mostly propane, because we wanted to keep plenty of shade trees.
We grow enough produce in our organic garden to sell surplus at the Tahlequah Farmers' Market twice per week in the summertime. We also supply 9 local restaurants with slicing tomatoes. We used to supply Tahlequah City Hospital with all of their organic produce for cancer patients, but they changed owners and stopped buying from small farms. Over the years, I have made enough money doing this to pay for two zero-turn John Deere riding mowers, a 2004 GMC farm truck, and a 2011 Massey Ferguson tractor, plus a Plasticulture Mulch Layer, a Bush hog 3 point tiller, and a brush hog for my tractor. I have also built an on-site Farm Processing Kitchen, where we do all our canning and butchering. Plus, I've developed my own variety of okra, called, "Heavy Hitter Okra." I sell seeds each winter through our at-home-farm-store. https://www.drycreekfarmstore.com/
Sure, it's a lot of hard work, but what else are you going to do in life? Life is hard all around, no matter where you live. You've just gotta choose your own conditions. Living in the country is a dream come true! We live 12 miles from the nearest town and have a wonderful local country Church were only about a dozen people attend, but there is such peace here that we will never leave. I say, "Follow your dream ..."