Farming is considered one of the oldest professions. And yet, many still don’t know how to do it smartly. Even organic farming, which has been present for hundreds of years, remain to be a mystery for many people. For conventional farmers who want to transition to organic farms, the journey is arduous. For people who have zero knowledge about farming but want to try their hands growing organic produce, the road is impossible.
But passion and interest are almost enough to make this work. If you’re passionate about learning, you can gain the necessary skills to become an organic farmer. After all, it is a practical source of income. It is a booming industry. It is badly needed in the sea of controversial farming methods and chemical fertilizers. The health industry is clamoring for it. Environmentalists are espousing it. Why shouldn’t we start an organic farm?
Learning the Basics
You can take a crash course in your local college about agriculture and organic farming. There are plenty of resources on the internet about it, too. But for the most part, invest in strengthening relationships with other farmers. You will learn about their experiences and the current challenges that they face. You should also attend farmer meet-ups and symposiums. There, farmers talk about their journeys.
Find a Site
Location is key to an organic farm. If it’s going to be used for commercial purposes, you need a large land that’s close to a clean water source. Clean water is integral to the health of the organic crops. You should also look for a land that’s close to the marketplace so it’s easier to transport the organic produce and sell them. If you are going to use the crops and vegetation for personal use, a smaller land is okay.
Match the Land
Check the natural resources of the location where the farm will be located. Check the soil’s condition. It is easier to grow plants that are indigenous to the landscape, elevation, and temperature of the area. Growing foreign plants is possible, of course, but it is more challenging. You will need to amend the soil’s conditions. It is more challenging for first-time organic farmers.
Know Your Market
As with any business, it is important to know who you’re selling to. What do they want? How much do they need? How much can they afford? You need to understand your market and its buying capacity. Organic produce tends to be more expensive than products from conventional farms. If your target market can’t afford your organic farming products, to whom will you market it?