The Truth About Starting a Farm
I have a farmer friend who loves to give advice about starting a farm. The main advice he gives is to don’t do it. He tells people this every time they ask. When you hear something like this, the reality hits you that perhaps starting a farm is merely a dream. Maybe farming isn’t what you should be doing with your life. If you are the kind of person that thinks his advice is the worst ever and that you are going to be a farmer regardless of what it takes, then a farmer is likely what you are meant to be.
You need to know a lot more than merely how to grow things to start a farm. It is a job that requires a diverse set of skills that can often be some of the most monotonous and boring work you have ever done. If you don’t believe me, do a little online research and you will quickly discover some of the skills that being a farmer requires. Of course, one of the main skills you need to be good at farming is passion.
To be a farmer, passion is mandatory. Without it you have nothing. Farming would become just another job that you do not like. It would be better for you to simply work for someone else. Without passion, you will not find pleasure in the things you achieve, you will not be able to see the things that are needed to help grow your farm, and you will not care whether you are a success or failure. The things you need other than passion, you can learn. Simply go to a book if you need to know how to fix a tractor. Call an extension agent if you need help treating diseased plants organically. Take a course in QuickBooks if you need help with keeping your financial records. When it comes to passion, though, you can only get that from within.
The main thing you need to ask yourself is if you are willing to let your business consume your time and thoughts for many years to come. Because if you’re wanting to start your own farm, you must think of it the same way he would starting a business, not a simply a farm.