Whatever the case re the debt, I think Joachim seems to deserve kudo's for trying to make an honest living.
Unlike his good for nothing brother (lord help Denmark when Ferdus ascends the throne!) or a waste of space, I mean, people, like charlotte casiraghi whose claim to working is posing anemically for magazines and, seemingly out of sheer boredom, adding yet another good for nothing trustafundian to the already too crowded planet of ours.
The one, to me, weird intriguing thing is Joachim's choice in wives. If he's such a farmer, how come he keeps on choosing delicate city girls for a spouse? I know nowadays modern farmers are business people who need a lot of managerial and office skills, but still. NEVER understood Alex living in the country side. Marie seems malleable, and doing whatever her husband wants, but still. Seems a lazy city girl to me, at the end of the day. Kind of like Sweden's Maddie. Hope I'm wrong.