Few people know that farms account for a large portion of the small businesses in America. Like with any business, though, starting a farm is not for everyone. While it certainly takes more than a beginner’s guide to farming to be an expert, you can use these tips and tricks to get started, no matter what type of farmer you long to be.
Choose a Type of Farm
Before you begin building your farm, you will want to choose the type of farm to operate. When you are getting started with farming, you might begin with a hobby farm to develop your skills through experience. The type of farm you operate will display your vision and values as well as determine how much space you will need and the location you’ll want to find.
Find Your Perfect Farmland
Part of the planning process is choosing a plot of land that suits your farming needs. You can choose to buy or lease land. For example, you can lease land from people who are not using their acreage. The benefits are that they receive tax credits, and you take on less financial responsibility.
Pro Tip: A good plot of farmland should be located near water! Consider what you are keeping at your farm and choose a location with a suitable climate and good soil.
Construct Your Farm
Consider the types of structures needed for your farm. If you are going to house livestock, you will need barns and fencing to keep them safe and secure. You may want tarps, tractors, and greenhouses for vegetable and herb gardens. Invest in high-quality fencing staples, cattle panels, and posts to ensure you don’t have to replace these items or worry about them becoming damaged.
Market Your Farm
Every successful farm has a business plan. If you are operating your farm for profit, you should participate in market research to understand how customers interact with your product. Market research will help you identify ways to improve your return on investment. Your business plan should include marketing strategies to help meet the financial needs of your farm.
Making money with your hobby is the dream. Use this beginner’s guide to farming to transition your startup farm—or an unused backyard—into a business you can be proud of. Whether your mission is to feed the hungry or heal people, your farm and business are needed.