The Beginners Guide to Farm Life
Whether you’re looking to start a farm of your own listen up! It’s not going to be easy, and it’s not going to happen overnight. We’re not even where we want to be yet, but I wanted to share this part of my life because that’s what this blog is all about. So if you’re still reading this, thanks! And here’s how it all began for us.
What is modern farm life?
Well, for one, we’re a small business, made up of a CEO, my husband, and a CMO, me. We have seasonal employees for about one month throughout the year during strawberry harvest.
We use modern technology and equipment, however we still do a lot of our field work with own bare hands. We don’t have any animals on our farm, besides our two dogs. We do raise honeybees and consider them our livestock. I do wear overalls when I work outside, mainly because I find them to be most comfortable and convenient for holding my phone. My husband and I also have college degrees specifically in the field of agriculture but we’re learning a lot more practical lessons by being in business together. We live on the farm and that’s where we raise our family. We are trying to become more self-sustainable and live more like homesteaders, but it’s a process so we’re starting small with raising a garden, canning our own produce, and cooking from scratch. Some day we hope to raise our own meat and eggs. Well at least I hope to.
How to get started with farm life?
Do you need to have your own farm? No, but it helps. For us, we came from family farms and we both had this fairy tale idea that we would end up back there some day, no questions asked. But we were pretty naive back then.
If you are going to buy a farm you’ll need capital (money), land to purchase (not a lot but some), and a really good business plan.
Tips for Success in farming.
Be willing to work and work hard. Have a great business and marketing plan, a good lawyer and a bank that’s willing to lend you the money.
Common Questions/FAQ About farm life
Do I have to raise animals to have a farm?
Absolutely not. Our business depends on the production of our strawberries and other field grown crops. We do not raise any animals for profit.
Do I have to know how to drive a tractor?
Again, no. I personally have only driven a tractor a handful of times in my life. I’m still not comfortable behind the wheel yet. I’d rather be out in the field working with my hands than driving a tractor. Although, some day I’d love to run grain cart during soybean and corn harvest.
Do I have to been raised on a farm?
Nope again! Both my mom and my mother-in-law grew up in the city and not on farms. But they wanted to farm, so you’ll need to have passion and commitment to make it work.
Do I have to have a degree in farming?
While my husband and I both have degrees in agricultural economics, it’s not required. If you do sign up with the Farm Service Agency’s Beginning Farmer Loan program, they’ll require you to have had or gain some type of educational training in the agricultural field.
How can I afford to purchase land?
Yes, land and homes are expensive and you’ll need money to pay for your mortgage. Because we did not have all the money to purchase our farm, we utilized the Farm Service Agency’s Beginning Farmer Loan Program along with a commercial loan from our banker for equipment purchases plus our yearly operating costs.
Will it be hard?
Yes, it will be physically and emotionally difficult, especially in the beginning. But if it’s the life you want to lead, it’s worth every bit of blood, sweat, and tears.
The Last Thing You Need to Know about farm life
So as you can see, you don’t need to know everything about farming in order to get started. You just have to be willing to put in the work and live the life.
I’d love it if you’d share this article with anyone else who is interested in living a life on the farm. Comment below if you found it helpful or if you have any tips you’d like to add!
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