Well, I agree completely. It's not exactly a secret that freeweights are the best. That's typically why half of a gym is freeweights.
That being said, I'd be missing a number of things at home that I don't have at the gym. Mind you, you don't technically NEED any of them, but tools are tools.
For cardio, I use the treadmill, elliptical, and stair machines. Most of the time I do treadmill, but to spice things up I use the other two. That's several thousands of dollars worth of equipment alone.
More shit I wouldn't have room for at home: A squat rack or power rack, or a cable machine.
Bullshit. Gyms are not a scam. Most people cannot be motivated to workout at home. Fact. Aside from that, there's a helluva lot more variation that can be done at the gym that you can't do at home. I'm not even going to argue this point, as it's been done before.
Home gyms work just fine for SOME people, not most.
There's actually some discussion of that out there. I think someone tracked down the general area of where the calls originated from. I don't recall the details, though. It might be in the discussion on the PLA site.
Dude. I think you're seriously underestimating what it takes to run a farm. 61 acres is a LOT of land that requires a ton of maintenance. I know a guy who grows blueberries for a living on a smaller piece of land than that, I think 20 acres. That shit is a fulltime job when they're in swing. His picking season just ended a few weeks ago (Florida.)
Sure, you can make money with a farm, but it takes knowing how to run it. People may think farmers are rubes, but they still know what they're doing. Just "having help from some family" doesn't cut it unless they plan on being there many hours a day to do things.