How Do I Get Started Farming?
To some people that’s going to sound like a strange question. After decades of people migrating off of their family farms and into urban centers, a subtle shift has started to take root in the way people perceive the life of a farmer.
More and more previous city-slickers are starting to warm to the idea of leaving it all, and starting out as a farmer or starting a small hobby farm on the side of their “town job”. To anyone interested in getting into the business of farming, this is a great little youtube video that interviews some real-life folks who’ve made the leap to farming for a living
How Much Money Do I Need To Get Started?
When I first started researching this idea, I was a bit obsessed with this question myself. I’d heard that you need big money or the finances don’t make sense. And, while it’s true that you’ll need at least 1000 acres (at 3,000/acre) in Eastern Idaho if you want to start a profitable potato farm, there are many, many crops that require more work, but get higher net profit per acre and are more available to the first time farmer. And, they’ll probably be a lot more appealing and rewarding to the first time farmer than running a giant mono-cropping operation. Here was a video I ran across while researching this topic that got me excited and motivated by the possibilities, and I hope it does you too.
How Much Work Is Involved?
The guy that started his farm with no money basically traded labor and some know-how for the parts and pieces and land that he needed to get off the ground. In general, I would say that if you’re looking for something to minimize your work-load, then hobby farming, sustenance farming, market gardening, or other small scale farm operations are probably a bad idea.