I grew up on a ranch / farm and went 31 miles, each way to grade school, 71 miles, each way, to high school.
My parents, after 58 years of marriage, still don't lock their doors.
I was taught how to use a gun before I was 8. Someone comes around, you just blast them. Consequently, we didn't have to worry about any dirt bags coming around.
One time, a guy I never knew, prior to our chance meeting (I blew up an engine driving 110MPH), just gave me his brand new 1984 Cadillac to use, for free, for a week, while I lined up a different vehicle.
I learned to drive at age 4. It's important for farm safety that everyone be able to go for help. Our nearest neighbor was three miles away.
We learned a spirit of giving, paying it forward, helping your neighbor. It's not like urban areas of self-righteous religious nuts, or I,I,I folks in the city, but, rather, generally-speaking, live and let live.
I have no desire to live in the country, however. The gyms, The Internet, food and culture all lie in, or around, cities.
Farming is heavily automated nowadays. I find watching a 450 horsepower tractor pull a 40 foot disk at 20 MPH, while being guided by GPS (driving itself) very fascinating.
Real cowboys / farmers, wear work boots, shorts or jeans, and ride Honda's or drive Ford-250s. It's the not urban myth you see in large cities.
Given the right crop, and a good year, along with modern management techniques, you can make a decent living in farming. It goes in peaks and valleys with regard to work.