I live on a 34 acre property that used to be a farm where the former owner raised dairy cattle. All the buildings are still intact if not needing a little( a lot) of TLC. My family has had this property for 11 years now and have gone through a few chickens and ducks. The only other livestock we have are three fat horses. There are apple trees and blackberry bushes. We planted two pear trees and got our first harvest this year. We have grown corn and other veggies before. So I know the joys of living off the land. My parents have since moved away for my Dad's job and my grandparents are still paying for the property. My parents used to write off a lot of expenses off on the taxes because off them being counted towards the farm. I now live in my parents old house on the property and I don't make as much money as they did to be able to help my grandparents. I do how ever have an able body and extra time that I can contribute. I want to be able to help with food costs by growing our on food and maybe selling the excess. My fiancé on the other hand is a city boy and says it's not worth the time and effort when you can buy chicken and such at the store for cheap. He is a meat cutter at the store so he does know a little about that. His attitude is just really getting me down and questioning is it really all worth it. I love animals and interacting with them. Caring for them is more like a hobby and not so much a chore. I love fish and would like to try some aquaponics but he says thats a waste to when you can buy veggies at the store. If you can't tell he doesn't like animals. Crazy enough I have one mouse, three rats, two budgies, and dozens of fish as personal pets. I have an office that I keep them in so he doesn't have to be bothered by them. I am not even asking him to help me with anything partaining to the animals. I guess I am just ranting now. Are there like any statistics to show if all this is worth it or not?