3. Set Realistic Goals
Goal-setting is a major part of this
Goals provide honing beacons to work
towards. The milestones you set yourself determine where youíre
heading. The overall task might seem too large to comprehend.
Itís a monster that can be tough to
tackle. Overly daunting, many people get put off before they really
Breaking it into smaller, achievable
steps makes it feel more achievable. Itís also a major help in
visualizing what you need to do.
Farming might seem like a mystery at
the beginning. Planning inevitably encompasses a level of research.
This can prove enlightening, and provide the necessary insight and
tools to take appropriate action.
4. Buy Your Land
You might already have available land
at your disposal.
If thatís your position, then skip
ahead to tip number 5.
For everyone else, listen up: to have
a farm, you first need some land to put it on. Mind-blowing stuff,
Itís obviously a vital piece of the
puzzle to think about though. Again, this relates to your plan. Not
all land is the same in terms of farming capability.
There may be irrigation issues.
Depending on where you are in the country, the weather may be a key
consideration too. The soil may be another important thing to think
If you know what you want to farm,
then itís key to find suitable land. That means itís of the right
standard and size to make it fit for purpose.
Of course, acquiring land isnít cheap.
This may take a loan to cover (more on debt-related matters later).
Likewise, got any plans to expand in the future? Make sure thereís
the potential for it wherever you buy your first plot.
5. Use Your Land Appropriately
Make sure you farm in accordance with
your landís particular merits. Itís tempting to try and bend land to
our will. We see it as a blank canvas that you can do anything with.
In reality, that isnít always the
case. The size, location, particular dimensions, fencing,
water-access, soil-quality, and so on, all come into play.
Sometimes, our hands are tied by the land itself.
Take certain animals. You might want
to raise ducks on a strip of greenery. But if they donít have any
access to a natural water source, it can be a recipe for disaster.
Youíd be far better off sticking with cattle or sheep.
6. Farm What Youíre Interested in
Itís important to farm something you
passion in. That doesnít always align with the most lucrative
option. Itíll sure as hell make your life more enjoyable though.
Hate cows? A cattle farm is never
going to be fun.
Itís worth keeping in mind how
demanding (physically, mentally and emotionally) farming can be. It
takes time, effort, and an enormous investment of work.
Itís far easier to remain motivated
when you value the fruits of your labor. Love poultry? Start a
chicken farm. Love apples? Plant an orchard. Want grapes? Create a
vineyard. Heck, niche right down if needs be - create CBD products
7. Acquire Experience
Experience is the key to a successful
You can learn all the theory you like.
You can gather as much upfront investment as you need.
Without the requisite hands-on
experience, youíre unlikely to succeed. Gather that experience over
time. You donít need to be an expert before you start your own farm.
But it definitely pays to know what
youíre getting into. Planning and goal setting becomes more
realistic- theyíre based upon knowledge and past trial and error.
Read books, speak with consultants,
visit other farms, work on other farms, and so on. Heck, you could
experiment on your own farm too. Youíll definitely gain experience
anyway. Start small and expect failure. This trial by fire approach
always proves enlightening.