Starting a Farm? Here’s What You Should Know

If you have thought about starting your own farm, you might be excited at the prospect of working for yourself being outside, tending to plants, animals, or both. There are some considerations to take with having your own farm, so keep these in mind before you begin.

Decide What You Will Farm

Do you want to work with crops, such as corn, soybeans, wheat, or hemp? Or would you rather raise animals, like pigs, chickens, or cows? The choice is yours, but make sure you consider the whole picture before you begin. Raising animals might sound like fun, but they require a lot of round-the-clock work too, such as feeding and other care. Corps might need to be harvested early-sometimes in the wee hours of the morning. It all depends on what you think you can handle.

Make Sure You Have the Right Tools

You’ll need certain tools to ensure success on your farm. If you are growing anything, a tractor is a must-have, and just one of many pieces of big machinery you’ll find helpful. If you plan to have animals, such as sheep or cows, you’ll need someplace to house them and even protection, such as livestock guardian dogs.

Start Out Small First

It can be helpful to start out small before you try to grow your farm. Among some of the tips given to budding farmers, talk with individuals who already do this for a living. They can tell you what to expect and help you understand what you need to get started, while figuring out what type of income you’re likely to have for your first year.

Deciding to become a farmer can be exciting, but it does take planning. Figure out what you want to farm, and get the equipment you’ll need. Start …