On this week’s episode of Little People Big World, the time comes for Amy Roloff to decide whether or not to sell the infamous family farm. While her sons hope to see the Roloff legacy continue, the matriarch senses she is being pushed out!
Amy's ex-husband Matt Roloff, suggested he buy her out completely while having her look at homes off the farm. But Amy made it clear she was not interested in a buyout.
“I don’t plan on moving unless we sell," Amy told Matt.
“I have to begin to get my head and mind wrapped around the fact that the farm has a much stronger possibility as not being a forever house that I live in until I die,” Amy admitted to the cameras.
Realtor boyfriend Chris Marek helped her search for other homes in Oregon as her family continued to pressure her about making a decision.
"I've been starting to consider moving out of the farm, and I’ve been looking at houses,” she confessed.
“In their mind, they want to know what I want to do with that house so that they can make their decisions," Amy explained. "And one of their decisions is if I wanted to buy out or something like that then Matt would buy me out and live in the house for a while, then figure out what he is going to do over there. I would rather not have a buy out and just sell the farm outright. That’s my preference."
Meanwhile, Matt decided not to hold his breath on buying Amy's half of the farm, and instead bought a place of his own fifteen minutes away.
"Let’s say it hits the fan at the farm, and I just can’t deal with it anymore. I can’t deal with Amy’s attitude. If it gets any worst, I just feel like this is just like an escape. It’s possible that I could move in here," Matt said. “There’s part of me that wants to keep the farm and build a house that suits me, but part of me just wants to sell the farm and liquidate it and move on. It’s a burden."
Matt explained that during the divorce, Amy was given the main house, while he was forced to live in the smaller house on the farm, also known as the DW. The issue with the DW, Matt explained, is that it's not little people friendly.
“I’m going to divest a little bit of my revenue out of the farm, for sure," Matt said. "I bought a house as an investment in the area close by. I don’t know if I’d move in there or not, but I do know that I can’t live in the DW, because it’s not serving my physical needs, so I got to deal with that.”
“I’m looking at my options right now. I do love Arizona. The desert climate. I do love the idea of snow-birding. Being down there in the winter months.”
“My dad has always gone on vacations throughout the year. He definitely loves his time off the farm and warmer weather. If this trip gets longer and longer, I think it is time for Jeremy to take a bigger interest in the farm. But that’s going to take time,” said Zach.
At the same time, the boys took digs at their dad for considering moving to Arizona, rather than just building a better house for himself on the farm property.
"I would like them to see them value that legacy over… a retirement home in Arizona or whatever that might be.” Jeremy said. Zach agreed.
Jeremy and Zach suggested living in the smaller house on the farm to understand more about the day to day operations as their dad prepares for retirement.
"Ideally the boys will take a more active role and the farm, and I’d do more traveling with Caryn and spending longer periods of time in Arizona," Matt told the cameras. "I want the boys to be particularly involved in the progression of our thinking. I want them to start getting involved in where we spend our money."
Matt, Amy, Jeremy, and Zach decided to convene to further discuss the future of the farm.
“This conversation with my mom and dad about the farm — don’t really know what to expect,” Zach admitted to the cameras. “But I don’t want them to sell the farm.”
”What are your plans?" Matt asked Amy
“Well I mean we either keep it or we sell. There’s only two decisions really," Amy replied.
“I prefer there to be a Roloff legacy, and not see it just disintegrate before our eyes,” Jeremy told his parents, and Zach agreed. “We have a bigger responsibility then I think we realize."
“We would like to figure out a way to make that work. The farm is such an amazing thing my parents built here. It would be sad to see it not go on to a second generation and a third generation,” Jeremy told the cameras.
“Having the farm stay in the farm for a long time would be ideal.” Zach added.
Amy asked her son if they ever saw themselves taking over the farm.
“It’s hard to take something over that someone else is doing,” Jeremy replied. “It's you guys' place. You guys need to figure out what you want to do, what you’re plans are. You’re the ones that are living on the same property.”
Amy addressed how she felt: while things may change, she's not ready to leave the farm.
"I realized that I really don’t want to leave the farm," Amy told the cameras. "I raised my kids here. There are a lot of memories here related to kids and family, and I would like that to continue with my grandkids. I look forward to spending more time and moments here with them on the farm."
Next on Little People, Big World, the holidays are just around the corner, but how will exes Matt and Amy Roloff handle the family festivities?
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