Top Tips for Startup FarmersFarm Tender Jun 30, 2017
Whether you are escaping the hustle and bustle and living a farming life, or you’re pursuing the endeavour as a hobby, starting a farm is a worthwhile and rewarding experience. However, just like any new job or skill, getting started can be overwhelming without the right knowledge and advice. To get started, here are some of our top tips for new farmers.
It all starts with good research
A good farm isn’t just something that will magically happen on its own, it requires a lot of research and hard work. Whether you are deciding on the land you would like to buy or selecting the animals you are planning to bring with you, proper research is going to be a lifesaver. There are restrictions on some land as to what can be brought on, and different animals will offer different benefits depending on what you are looking to achieve.
Don’t hesitate to reach out to pros
Some of the best advice you will ever receive will come from those who have already gone through it and overcome issues themselves. Contact farmers in your local area, catch up over coffee – chances are they will have some tips that you won’t find on any site or in any book. They will understand the climate conditions and soil you will be working with and this information could make all the difference once you get started.
Let the land be your guide
While you might have your mind set on growing a particular crop, you’ll need to first assess the climate conditions, the water resources and the soil of the land you are looking to or have purchased. This is going to be the deciding factor on the types of crops you can grow, as with farming it is often a matter of doing what you can do rather than what you want to do.
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket
While the soil, climate and water will dictate what you can grow, you should still have the freedom to focus on more than one type of crop. Being diverse about what you grow on your farm is key; a farmer that focusses only on one is more susceptible to disadvantageous situations if it fails. Focussing on both animals and plants could be a great way to go as they can help each other.
You can do all the planning and research in the world but successful farms all rely on a passionate farmer. Remind yourself why you are getting into farming regularly and keep the passion alive. Have fun with it. This is what is going to get you through that trial and error phase when you’re first starting out.
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