08/18/2014 09:45 am ET Updated Aug 18, 2014

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I live on what we New Zealanders call a "lifestyle block." This means I have enough land to get out in the garden and get dirty, keep a few animals, and indulge in romantic fantasies about planting an orchard and starting a business making and selling artisanal fruit preserves.

The reality is that in a market already saturated with handmade organic jams, jellies and cordials, and one needs to have boundless time and energy, a standout product and be a heck of an entrepreneur to make it. My accounting skills are average at best and I have yet to successfully set a handmade jelly, so the business will remain a romantic fantasy for the moment.

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