Setting up a farm
If you want to be successful, you should think about why you want to start your own farm before anything else. These questions should come up when you start thinking of setting up a farm. Is it for profit? A hobby? An altruistic contribution to society and/or animal welfare.
This is very important because your motivation for starting a farming business is the thing that will directly impact your strategy.
You will need to answer these questions as honestly as possible so that you know what direction to go in. Now that if you have decided that you are going to involve in full-fledged farming and you haven’t worked on farms, you may be wondering how on earth you’re going to make your dream a reality.
This is a very real concern and the reality may prompt you to consider another line of work because farming is hard, and farming as a business doubly so! For many modern-day farmers, especially those running large farms, skills have been passed from generation to generation. This isn’t the same for small startup farms.
These farmers have had to acquire their skills in order to learn how to start farming, and they’ve either done so by apprenticing with other farmers, going to farm school, or doing some intense self-study. While some claim to learn how to be a farmer through YouTube videos or books, this will not work out if you do not get hands-on training.
Agriculture is the most dangerous job in the world and without proper guidance, you will be completely lost. Aside from the dangers, there is a lot to learn about how to start a farm and how to start farming. If you are willing to put in the time and learn the necessary farming and business skills to become the profitable small business farmer you know you could be.
Tips for farming
- Even if you know exactly what type of farm you want to start, diving head first into just doing it is never a good idea.
- Learning to do market research is that step you really can’t skip because it will help you know what you want to grow.
- Once you’ve figured out what you’re going to farm, you’re going to need to decide whether to buy land or lease it.
- Finding the money to learn how to start a farm, and to turn your dream into a reality is going to be a core part of your go-to-market strategy.
- Marketing is an important aspect of farming. There are many different ways to market your farm products. While farmers’ markets are probably the most obvious example that comes to mind, there are a number of other channels you can use to market and sell your products.