From This is Money:
Farming is far from an idyllic lifestyle. Keeping livestock is fraught with difficulties and if you’re in the big league, the price of wheat and barley constantly fluctuates.
Yet the lure of the farmyard is as strong as ever – just ask Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Elizabeth Hurley or Alex James, all of whom have opted for the proverbial Good Life.
Tom and Sarah Main have done the same thing. And it’s better than they expected.
Until last year, Tom was an accountant and Sarah a teacher, but now they toil full-time on their smallholding in Hampshire.
They are an example of so-called greenshifters, those who want to leave urban life behind and head for pastures new.
Over the past four years, the couple have built up a collection of sheep, hens, pigs, ducks and turkeys on a four-acre smallholding next to their semi-detached house in Holybourne, near Alton, Hants.
‘In our old house we had a small patio, so we weren’t in a position to have animals or grow much,’ says Tom.