Farming is hard hard work. It is ever changing. The demands can be enormous, just when you feel you have no more to give. The returns are sometimes spotty and often not what you expected. I wonder if these may be some of the reasons why folks moved to town.
Farming is beautiful too. I think that its primary teaching is that Ma Earth really is the Boss and the only way that we will survive is to live in harmony with her Rules of Life. And in the middle of that, our Humility and Grace return.