In some fields, such as opera singing, you require only yourself, in
a healthy state. If you wish to keep a hundred head of deer, you
require at least a hundred acres of land, surrounded by a fence at
least six feet high. Between the two extremes there is a multitude
of possibilities for country enterprises.
At the very simplest you
can make country-style produce, buying in all the raw materials
and producing it in an urban kitchen or shed. You could make
delicious raspberry jam from berries bought in a street market or
you could make traditional furniture using wood bought from a
do-it-yourself supermarket and polished with your own concoction
of turpentine and beeswax (you can buy the beeswax, you do
not even have to keep the bees).
If you have a variety of buildings
at your disposal, say a few stables and a pole barn, your choice of
enterprise widens to include the possibility of keeping livestock.
Without the buildings but with a little land you can produce
vegetables or fruit and keep bees and some chickens.
With a lot of
land and buildings you have the widest choice of enterprises. This
probably makes the choice all the more difficult; choice is easiest
when you have only a few options.
Buildings such as pole barns,stables