As a good example of a family-scale farm (a much better term than
"micro-farm"), you may want to read Helen and Scott Nearing's Living
the Good Life. For 20 years, under Vermont's climate (3 frost-free
months a year, according to the authors), and farming without
machineries or animals (they are vegetarians), they spent 50% of their
time working and 50% on non-work activities (cultural, leisure, etc.).
Throughout the 20 years, they never needed to see a doctor.
Their income would have been greater too, but they refused to sell
their products or services at rates the market will bear, but based
their prices on cost plus a reasonable wage for themselves.
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