2:51 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Thinking of Moving to the Country? Give This a Listen.

Author Kristy Athens speaks with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich.

Many people who live in the city or suburbs have had the somewhat romantic notion of giving up the rat race and buying a place in the country... maybe getting some chickens, growing some of your own food. It's tempting, especially after you've sat in rush hour traffic for a while.

Farm life is all that it's cracked up to be - or perhaps more so.
Credit Sir Hectimere photo, via Flickr

But what does it really take to make that pipe dream a viable option? Former Midwesterner Kristy Athens and her husband thought they'd give rural life a try.  They moved from Portland, Oregon, to the Columbia River Gorge, a few years ago.  It turned out to be a challenging, but rewarding period in their lives.  And while they're back in the big city now, Athens has turned the experience into a recent book, called Get Your Pitchfork On: The Real Dirt on Country Living.

Athens, who is a former Minnesotan with Wisconsin roots, was in Milwaukee last fall, and our interview first aired then.