Interest in agriculture has grown considerably in the last few years. A desire to have farm fresh ingredients for restaurants and personal tables has spurred people on to start their own farms and gardens. Many people see an opening to be able to grow and sell produce, meat and other food stuffs closer to home to sell to people who want to know what they are putting in their body.
Starting a farm is an immense undertaking. It involves a great deal of planning to get off the ground, as well as securing enough capital to get started. Going in with a comprehensive plan is essential. Knowing what can grow in the area is also important to succeed long term.
Knowing what the farm will grow is the most significant first step. Have a list of what crops the farm intends to grow or, which animals it will raise. That will allow a farmer to know what steps are necessary to get their crops and herds started. This will also lead into knowing what equipment will work for planting and harvesting. A forty acre farm will need larger tractors and machinery than a twenty acre.
What will grow in the area as well as local zoning ordinances will let a farmer know how big a farm they will need. Some counties require that farms have a minimum size before receiving a permit to place a house on them for instance. Certain animals also require more land than others. Crops also vary for what one can get away with as far as size of acreage. Type of farm is also a determinant as a hydroponic farm requires less room than a traditional one.
A consideration many people leave out when starting a farm knows where they will get supplies from and whom they will sell to. It is essential to have a plan in place for where a farmer will start and where the product will end up. That is not to say that a farmer has to have every bit of it planned and in place and cannot add more customers afterwards. Making money to continue the farm is imperative and not having at least an idea of where goods are going to be sold afterwards can be detrimental.
Once a comprehensive plan is in place, the next step in starting a farm is to raise the necessary capital. Without funding, no business will get started whether it is a farm or a brick and mortar store. Money can be raised the traditional way through banks, or special grants and loans are available for agriculture.
Follow these steps to begin the journey of starting a farm.
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