Many people are drawn to organic farming because it represents healthy living, a sustainable environment, and way to live a simpler life. Many retirees have turned to farming so they have something they can do aside from taking care of their grandkids. But running an organic farm is not an easy task. It takes years to learn the trade and it requires skills and commitment if you want it to succeed.
Are you ready for it?
Do Research But Also Learn Along The Way
It’s nice if you would be able to know everything about running an organic farm but that is totally impossible. No one dives into any business or passion project and immediately knows what to do when a problem arises. You have to learn along the way, too. That means growing with the farm. Do not stop the process of learning. Read. Seek answers. Attend conferences.
Do not be afraid to ask questions. No one expects you to know everything. If something is amiss, ask experts about it. Learn how to connect with an experienced organic farmer. Seek a mentor so that you have someone to turn to when things go rough. Also, before you start farming, you may want to be an intern to spend time in an actual organic farm. You’ll learn a lot from the experience.
Find The Right Land
If you think you can transform and amend any parcel of land into one that’s sustainable for organic products, you’re wrong. Some lands are so lacking in nutrients you’ll have to spend thousands of dollars to make it ready for organic farming. It’s a complete waste of time and money. There are many land out there that are packed with nutrients and minerals.
Get “Certified Organic” Status
Getting the “certified organic” status is important if you want to market and sell your organic products. With this label, people are more willing to pay a price for your farm’s vegetables, crops, and fruits. You no longer have to explain to them that your products are organic. The label, which is USDA-approved, will do that for you.
Rely On Networking
Word-of-mouth recommendations are still pretty effective for organic farms. Believe it or not, but people are highly influenced by what other people say about your farm. If they heard from a friend that you sell good organic products, they are most likely to check you out. Otherwise, they’ll seek other farms who received positive reviews from their peers.