People are just beginning to understand the consequences of conventional and unsustainable farming methods. Thanks to technology, it has become easier for this generation to see that it takes more than just composting and recycling to save the earth. People need to be more sensitive to the food they produce and consume. This realization allowed the growth of organic farming as a business. It’s a healthy and innovative solution to many of what ails—health and environment—society today.
But before anyone can get into the business of organic farming, they must first understand the risks and consequences of this industry.
So many organic farmers cut the process, thinking that this will hasten their transition to a sustainable way of farming. Although organic farming methods pose a high growth in a steady period, it comes with risks and challenges. It also demands patience.
Grow Your Buffer
Your organic farming business isn’t going to make a profit for the first year or even the second year. It will take farmers three whole years to transition from a conventional farm.
If you don’t have to transition from an organic farm, the process might be easier and faster but what is true is that organic farms take longer to grow crops.
This means you’ll need a buffer for those years of almost zero profit. You also have to pour your resources into your farm and hope that your products will be good enough for consumers.
Focus on the Product
The health quality of the products is more important than, say, the taste. Some conventionally-grown crops, fruits, and vegetables taste better because of the chemical fertilizers and growth hormones.
Apples that grew in a conventional farm have smoother skin and symmetrical shapes. This is a far-cry from apples that grow in organic farms. But, that’s okay. There’s no need to be harsh on yourself because of this.
Fruits and vegetables should grow as naturally as possible. Otherwise, they lose the important nutrients and minerals that are oh-so-important for their consumers. Focus on the organic quality of the food products, and not on their aesthetics.
Improve Consumer Feedback
Once your consumers have had enough time to try your products, ask them for a comment and feedback. Future consumers need to hear what others have to say about your organic products.
The feedback will also allow you to adjust your organic farming methods and calibrate the products. You can use data science to adjust to the demands of your consumers. There is tough competition in this industry, so you have to be on your toes always.