Obviously, there are a lot of questions you need to ask yourself when you’re thinking about starting with your own organic farming journey. There is a lot of interest in organic farms nowadays primarily because of the health and environment considerations. But if you are serious about being an organic farmer, whether for personal or business reasons, ask yourself the following five questions first.
Do you plan on selling the crops?
There’s a huge difference between making a business out of an organic farm or simply consuming the products on your own. The former will require you to have a bigger land so your effort will not be put to waste and you will have more products to sell. The latter can be done even in the comforts of your own backyard or a small greenhouse.
Which kinds of crops do you want to grow?
Do you want vegetables or fruits or row crops? The kind of crops you want to grow will determine the amount of time, energy, and money you have to put into your organic farm. Remember that organic farms can only grow one type of crop each growing season, so you have to think ahead before you start to plant the seeds.
Do you want to raise organic livestock?
Unknown to many, organic farms are good breeding grounds for livestock such as cattle, sheep, poultry, domestic pig, dairy cattle, goats, chickens, turkeys, ducks, horses, and many more.
Raising livestock animals in your organic farm will give you more options when it’s time to bring the products to the market. You may also sell the products from your livestock animals as they produce meat, eggs, fur, leather, wool, and many more.
Which market do you want to target?
What kind of market interests you? You can choose from on-farm sales (the sale happens right on your farm), farmers’ market (you will sell your products directly to the consumers along with other farmers and suppliers), wholesale (you will supply to a particular manufacturer who will produce food products from your crops), and grocers (you will directly supply products to groceries and supermarkets).
Are you going to farm outdoors or in a greenhouse setting?
If you enjoy spending time outdoors, you can start organic farming almost immediately (without needing a structure for a roof). But if you’re not too fond of indoors or the weather in your area is in the extremes (whether hot or cold), it might be better if you build a greenhouse first where the temperature is controlled and where you can spend as much time with your crops without worrying about too much that you’re exposing yourself to too much sun or cold.