Starting Your First Farm

As the organic foods movement sweeps the country, many people with a little bit of land or a large backyard have started trying their hands at growing their food. Whether it’s planting fruit trees or building raised beds for vegetables, the healthy food trend is catching like wildfire and spreading to even suburban areas. Some people are going bigger than others, buying utility and irrigation products for their new farm, but if you’re not quite there yet, there are still plenty of ways you can transition your career or just start a hobby growing your own food.

Steps to Start a Farm

If you’re thinking of starting a farm and making that your career, then there are a few things you should know about the industry and how to get started. As with any enterprise, you’ll need to have a business plan before you get started. If you don’t currently live on a large plot of land, you may require a loan to purchase enough land to grow the amount of crop that will turn a profit. The business plan shows you’re serious about farming and know what you need to do to make money in the industry.

It never hurts to get some advice and support from local farmers. Whether you know someone in the trade or have some friends from the farmer’s market, ask all the questions you have and really get to know what a day in their life looks like. This can help you determine if the farming life is right for you.

Finally, you’ll want to get some education or training. It doesn’t have to be formal, even working for a week with one of your farmer friends can be incredibly helpful in learning the ins and outs of a working farm. Starting a farm can be easy if you’re prepared!