Tips for Starting a Hobby Farm

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If you want to start a hobby farm, you should start by planning and setting goals. Consider what animals and crops you’d like to raise. Assess your land and assets, and figure out what look for if you are going to purchase a farm.

Once you have set your goals, picking animals and crops, and making a first-year plan, it’s now time to make a move. Know how you are going to accomplish your first goal. Your first step may be finding and buying an existing farm. If you already live on the land where your hobby farm will be situated, your first step may be to put in place the necessary structures which may entail construction of a chicken coop for the chickens you are going to get or even a barn for your goats if that is your first planned animal.

Talk with your neighbors:
If your hobby farm is based on the land where you live at the moment you may already have a good idea as to the needs of the land and what it takes to raise either crops or animals there.  If you are new to the area it might not hurt to talk with your neighbors. They could have been hobby farmers before or know others who have.  Any good information  either for or against could be of benefit to you.  Approach farmers who have been doing what you are intending to do and you will get valuable information from them about their experiences.

Set your budget:
Decide on the amount of farm you need or will be able to handle. The purchase and the cost  you will incur in other expenses like putting up the necessary structures on the farm. If you plan to purchase the land, know the area.  This will help you determine what the price of the land will be. It  may be wise to buy land in a place where there  are public utilities like public water.  Apart from being efficient in doing your hobby farming, you will also have an easier time if you decide to sell the land later. A natural water supply or well would be a nice addition as well.  The activities to be carried out on the farm and your objectives will determine the amount of land you purchase and hence the cost. In case you are unable to purchase land you can try farm caretaking.  There may be someone in the area who is either unable or unwilling to devote the time needed allowing you both to benefit from that.

Monitor and assess your progress:
As you go through each goal in your hobby farm plan, there is room for re-evaluation. In doing so, it’s good to be transparent and flexible.  Life is full of suprises and even shocks! For instance, raising and managing any one of the animals you think you want may be more demanding than you originally thought.  Or goats for instance may  take more time to get the desired results than anticipated.  This way, you find that in hobby farming, as in any field of endeavor, success may be more difficult to achieved if you are not flexible in your plan. The key here is to be more flexible and ready to adapt to changes or at least willing to accept that plans may need to change.

It will be work.  It can be fun.  Enjoy them both as you go.

 

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