Be he — or she — a corporate lawyer, hedge-fund honcho, or other well-paid business type, a ruralpolitan might commute to work by rail or car or, if he embraces technology, telecommute from the comforts of a lavishly appointed home office. A ruralpolitan doesn't typically work the land he owns but does profit from it emotionally through the pleasures of gardening, small-scale livestock raising, or just watching his kids gambol through a field of wildflowers.
—Daniel DiClerico, "Buzzword: Ruralpolitan," Consumer Reports, December 13, 2007
Sacramento County is a prime example of that changing lifestyle. Between 2002 and 2004, about 5,750 acres were converted from farmland or grazing pasture into home or commercial zones, according to the state Department of Conservation. Much of that land was within a 20-minute drive from Valley Truck's Grant Line Road store in south Elk Grove.
—Jon Ortiz, "Elk Grove John Deere outlet shows its softer side," Sacramento Bee, April 14, 2008
Purina Mills Inc., which makes animal feed, is test-marketing stores aimed at what it calls the "ruralpolitan" market.
—Scott Kilman, "Chick Chic: 'Hobby Farming' Catches On," The Wall Street Journal, August 22, 1997
—Dave Breneman, "RAAIINNEEEEEERR!!!," alt.beer, February 18, 1992
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