Whether you’re starting out as an organic farmer or you are quite an expert, it’s never too late to learn a few things about organic farming. Since this is a highly technical and scientific method, we need all the help we can get to get our farms going. Here are some of the advice we learned from industry experts and even from newbies in the industry:
Don’t be afraid to ask
You are not expected to know everything about organic farming. If you don’t know what you are getting into or how to deal with some farm problems, contact other organic farmers in your area.
You can also offer to pitch in on their farms so you can get a sense of how some farms work. Or, you can invite them over for a cup of coffee and learn invaluable insights about the climate, the soil conditions, crop varieties, and more.
Don’t be egoistic
Farmers can grow only one crop per season. So, if you have been farming for 20 years, you have only done things 20 times. You cannot be an expert in farming no matter how learned you think you are. If you are not ready to be a permanent beginner, then organic farming is not for you. Go find another profession where you can be an expert.
Start right now
Farming has an unusually long learning curve. It will take years for someone to learn how to run an organic farm. Why should you wait another week if you want to be an organic farmer? Better start now by growing a container garden on the balcony of your apartment or buying into a local community garden.
Pick an easy-to-grow crop so you won’t get pressured as a first-timer in farming. Remember that farming is a process so if you don’t start now, you never will have the courage to do so.
Let the soil decide the course
If you put your heart to grow a particular crop, there’s a good chance you’ll get your heart broken. Before deciding what kinds of crops to grow, you need to understand the soil, the climatic conditions, and the available water resources.
Divide the tasks
If you are farming with friends or family, make sure to divide the tasks equally. Divide the tasks according to the strengths of each member of the group and make sure everyone understands the basics of managing an organic farm.