Back to Green Acres?
Remember Green Acres, the 1960s TV show about a couple who abandon their comfortable city life to live on a farm? It might have seemed preposterous then, but it’s not so far-fetched today.
Two articles in the New York Times look at city professionals who, like the characters in Green Acres, are moving to farms to work and live off the land. One article describes a couple very similar to Oliver and Lisa Douglas, the couple played by Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor in Green Acres. Oliver, a hot-shot city lawyer, drags his pampered wife to the country to satisfy a desire to be a farmer. In the New York Times article, Dan Gibson, a senior executive at a luxury hotel chain, convinces his wife to move to Grazin’ Angus Acres, a 450-acre farm, by promising her a fabulous kitchen sink. The article focuses on midlife career changers, people in their 40s and 50s looking for a different kind of life.
An earlier article looks at young urbanites who are diving into the farming world. It describes how college graduates and young urban professionals – teachers, urban planners and the like – are running small-scale farms near urban areas and providing city dwellers with fresh produce through community supported agriculture.
The question is, are these unlikely farmers likely to stick with it? Will the marriages hold? Will a kitchen sink be enough to keep a city gal happy on the farm? For Eva Gabor’s Lisa Douglas, farm life was always a strain. “Darling, I love you,” she croons in the Green Acres theme song, “but give me Park Avenue.”