Continuing the stories of successful city dwellers discovering rural life.
Continuing the stories of successful city dwellers discovering rural life
Third story. Master feeling
Viktor Sergienko, former programmer, now farmer.
and the inability to continue the usual way of life - and not for a while, but forever.And the most correct thing is to try to acquire maximum autonomy from external factors, from the economy, from money, etc. In the city, this is impossible, so you need to leave for the village, start a farm and supply themselves with the necessary - food, water, heating.
Victor began to think about this a long time ago, when he was still a programmer, lived and worked in Kyiv. “In general,” he says, “life went on a knurled track: higher education, work, career. I have made a career from a programmer and system administrator to the head of the IT department in a large company.” However, he noticed that as he moved up the career ladder, his life did not improve, but, on the contrary, became worse. “In the summer, without holidays, I liked to go to the beach and swim, and I was quite happy with the Dnieper and the Kyiv hydropark. On weekends and in the evenings after work, I went there for a couple of hours on my bike almost every day. And it was quite a normal summer vacation for me. However, with each promotion, leaving at 6 p.m. became increasingly difficult. The turning point came in the fall of 2002. I remember how it is now: September began, it was already cold, and I suddenly realized that this summer I had never been to the hydropark … Just then I was appointed head and I spent the whole summer at work.
Here the thought stuck: why am I doing all this? I improve my qualifications, work, strive to increase my salary? If, as a result, I developed gastritis, I haven’t read a single new book for a couple of years, and summer holidays and free time are completely absent. The increased salary does not compensate for these disadvantages in any way.”
In the same autumn, Victor, having studied questions about the inevitability of a future crisis (many of them have already been published), came to the conclusion that the crisis was at most 10 years away. So, it makes sense to do something now.
In May 2003, Victor had already gone to the village to look for a place for a future settlement. I traveled to several villages, found an inexpensive house in a beautiful place and bought it. All summer I traveled on weekends: I changed the roof and windows, settled in and prepared the house for the move. And at the end of March 2004 he moved completely. His parents did not understand. At the last moment, his wife refused to go with him - her relatives convinced her that her future was not in rural life. Later, Viktor met his second wife, also from Kiev, with whom he still lives happily.
For the first two or three years, he still worked in Kyiv one day a week, but gradually left his past life behind. Got a farm, stocked up with tools, equipped housing.
Now he has almost completely realized his plans for autonomy: vegetables - from his own garden, milk - almost the whole year, sometimes - meat. On the farm he has horses, goats, chickens, geese. Plus dogs and cats with countless kittens. Victor earns by renting horses, of which he has three. “I didn’t think before that it was so easy to manage horses. From the books it looked super difficult, in reality it turned out to be quite within the power of anyone. Although the earnings are small, Victor claims that they are quite enough, because they spend very little: on bread, on electricity and on the Internet with mobile communications. The main expenses are the construction and replenishment of strategic reserves.
Victor claims that life in the countryside is much better than in the city. “Citizens,” he says, “usually are frightened by the lack of urban comfort, a large amount of physical labor and a lower level of consumption. However, these minuses are not fatal, because there are much more pluses. And physical labor in reasonable quantities is generally useful, unlike sitting in the office and standing in traffic jams. There were no particular difficulties in rural work and lifestyle, all urban horror stories on this score turned out to be either myths or stupidity. The main thing is to set goals correctly and choose the means to achieve them.
“He alth in the village is getting stronger,” Victor says, “unless, of course, you don’t drink or smoke. We go to the doctors in Pereyaslavl, there is a very decent hospital, they treat very professionally and completely free of charge. Not so in the capital. Gastritis in the village has disappeared completely, none of us have ever had an acute respiratory disease, SARS. True, we went to Kyiv to give birth to a daughter, because we found a maternity hospital and a doctor who allows us to give birth together and without unnecessary medical intervention.”
Victor does not feel isolated, on the contrary, he claims that now he communicates with his Kyiv friends more often than before. Friends come to visit, horseback riding enthusiasts come to ride horses. There is no TV in the house, but there is a computer and a large collection of films and music on disks.
Victor does not plan to send his daughter Zhenya, who is still a few months old, to school, the education system does not suit him. He has already collected a serious library (about 1000 volumes) and continues to buy books in the expectation that he himself will be engaged in the education of both her and the next children. And now Victor says that he feels confident: even if the earnings stop, his family's life will not change.
How much does a house in the country cost?
True, all farmers admit that prices vary greatly and an abandoned house in the village can only cost the cost of reissuing documents (no more than 30 thousand). At the same time, supplied gas, electricity and sewerage can significantly increase the value of land.
Where to look for information:
The most visited portal, a social network that unites farmers: information, blogs, forums, online consultations
Useful information, ideas, laws and documents needed to register a farm
• www.wwoof.org International Association of World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, volunteer job searches on organic farms around the world. You can get a unique experience for free.
Internet community "Life in the countryside": exchange of views, useful tips, communication, etc.
• Before choosing a type of farming, study what your American and Canadian counterparts are doing. In these regions there is an analogue of agro-climatic conditions for any region of Russia. But the European experience does not suit us - the climate and the economy are too different.
• According to economists, growing potatoes pays off the fastest - in two years. Vegetable growing in a small area does not require significant initial investments: the cost of seeds, tillage and plant protection. Therefore, vegetable growing is often recommended for beginner farmers to start.
• The slowest business in agriculture is dairy farming. But by investing in it, farmers increase the overall value of the farm, because a cow is not only a commodity, but also a means of production. Each cow pays for itself in 5-7 years.
• One of the most profitable berry crops is strawberries. Using modern technologies, it brings profit - starting from a plantation of 1 hectare.