How to choose what type of farm to start

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As a new farmer. the type of farm is one of the things you have to consider when you start farming..

There are many types of farms that you can have. In my case, I am looking for an agricultural farm. It would be small 100-acre farm. It would have a wooded area, so I could collect firewood. There would be enough workable land to sustain my family.

Now this is just my particular point of view. There are many different types of farms out there: Dairy farms, Organic farms, Livestock, Pesticide free, Herbicide free and many more.

The choices are endless. What it really boils down to is what you are passionate about. If you are passionate about livestock, start a livestock farm. If you’re passionate about plants, start an agricultural farm.

How do you choose what type of farm you want to start

Consider what you are passionate about. If you have a particular passion, you should explore that area and find out if it is a possible type of farm. For example, if you want more of a passive type of farm you might want to choose just cash crops. On the other hand, if you want a farm which requires constant work, perhaps a dairy farm is more what you are looking for.

As a new farmer, the choices might be a little slimmer. One of the reasons why your choice is slim, is because the amount of money you will need to start a farm. As I mentioned in my how to get money to start a farm post, the greatest amount you can get for a CALA loan is about $500,000. With only $500,000, you need to have a business plan, you need to know what you want to do, and  you need to make the right choices.

Volunteer

If you aren’t sure about what type of farm you want to start, try volunteering at some local farms. I am certain that a farmer would love to have a volunteer for a day. I know that when I go to help my in-laws on their farm, they appreciate the help a lot. Farmers are always happy to have a second pair hands to help out, and in some cases they might even feed you.

If you want to volunteer, but you don’t know where to find any farmers, you might want to try the farmer’s market. They are local farmers who you could talk to in person, and ask them about volunteering.

Check out  the Canadian Young Farmers Forum

Canadian young farmers forum(CYFF) helps you connect with other farmers. They also help to support, encourage and offer resources for agriculture. Also, CYFF provides a hub for young farmers to connect with organizations and other young farmers.

Farm link

Farm link connects aspiring farmers to other farmers. One of the interesting things that I found out was, that there are plenty of farmers who want partners, or are willing to give you some land to try farming. In some cases, they lease you the land. In other cases they give you a small part of land. This particular way of learning about farming is great because you get first-hand experience.

Farm Start  helps new farmers and young farmers get educated about farming. If you aren’t sure about farming and want to try, you should really check these two places out.

Further reading for new farmers

These are all important questions to ask yourself when considering what type of farm you want to start. The reason these are important questions are because they prepare your mind for what is ahead of you. Farming isn’t easy work. It is hard work and you need to be ready for it.

I know I haven’t told you how to choose what type of farm to start specifically, but I have given you the tools to figure it out for yourself.

 

How would you choose what type of farm to start?

 

Comments

  1. Hi there my name is manny i am very handy with my hands and would love to start my own live stock farm one day just very lost and dont no how to get started. I have no experience in farming as well what can i do

  2. Lanre Gaji says:

    Hello,
    I have over an acre of space for farming. So far, I have about 40 chickens for eggs. I aspire to become a full time farmer. I am a hardworker and have a fiancé that is also passionate about this endeavor. We live about 45min outside of Chicago. Thinking about adding two goats for milk and cheese though I’d never milk a goat before. One or two apple trees.

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