According to a survey done by the National Young Farmers Coalition, most of the young farmers have college degrees and are first-generation farmers. Whether you’re trying to farm to form a healthy and sustainable lifestyle or doing it for profit, you’ve got the right idea.
We’ll be providing 6 of the most effective tips that you can use to get started in farming.
Keep Your Goals and Abilities in Frame
It’s important to ask yourself about the reasons that made you take the decision to farm, and whether it’s the best way to achieve those goals or not. If farming is going to be a hobby of yours, you need to take into account that it may net you profit in the long run. If the farm is run as a business, identify customer needs that your farm can fulfill. Developing the idea into a full-fledged plan is the first step in getting started in farming. You should always take into consideration the skills or capital that you may be lacking, and how you can overcome those challenges.
Look for Facilities and Infrastructure
Depending on the farm you’re planning to have, you may need to take into account factors that may require you to use outbuildings. Farming isn’t always about fruits and vegetables. If you’re planning on having livestock, does the land you’re farming on have shelters and facilities for the animals you’re going to raise? As mentioned by the handlers of Te Pari, equipment and technology used in livestock handling are essential to farming profitability and efficiency. There are a lot of processes involved in managing a farm, and you always want to be prepared way ahead to streamline your operations.
Deciding on a Niche
Even if you have a good idea about the type of farm you want to start, not taking the time to see if it’s a good plan, a niche of some sort, or direction is not advisable. For example, if you’ve finally managed to start some exotic fruit farm that you’ve always wanted, you may end up discovering that it’s not profitable in your region at all. Taking on the hassle of goods transportation early on is never a good idea. The last thing you want is to find that your yield is completely unnecessary to the market. The process of trial and error is sometimes necessary, but you should never force yourself into a cycle of costly experimentation with your first farm.
If you’re looking for profit, market research is not a skippable step in any business, whether it’s a farm or a factory. Market research helps you know which type of food you should grow and which type of livestock would net you the biggest profit. You want to know about the audience that you’re going to market your farm and the competitors you’ll be dealing with. If you already have a specific product in mind, take the time to check the farmers’ markets, supply and distribution channels, and the local producers. It’s pretty easy to ask around the local market and survey customers to know which product would click with the people the most.
There is nothing wrong with taking on farming one step at a time. It’s recommended to start small and proceed to grow bigger as you become more experienced and capable. You can even start with a small garden patch in an urban area then learn all you can about small-scale agriculture before you start experimenting with bigger patches of land. Not having access to land is often the first thing that stops many potential farmers from realizing their dream, but you should never let that discourage you from learning all the basics and experimenting in your own small garden.
Support a Community Garden
If you’re looking for the best way to network and mingle with the farming scene in your area, it’s definitely going to be at the closest community garden. These gardens are often the go-to choice to learn a lot about farming, growing produce, and caring for animals without having to pay anything. You’ll also be able to bond with community members who can help you on your own projects and provide you with their own experience. As you experiment on a shared journey, you’ll gain deep insight into how agriculture works and how you can begin your own farm business.
On the outside, farming may look like the simplest thing in the world, not to mention also cheap. Sadly, farming isn’t necessarily cheap or straightforward, especially when you take into account the capital and resources needed to start a farm. The good news is that farming is finally making a comeback and more people are starting to appreciate its importance in their lives and its effect on the environment.