If you have this idealistic utopian view of what farming is going to be in your head, reality is going to set in and it’s not going to live up to what you paint it to be in your head and then you have a lot further to fall.
If you romanticized farming before, well this episode is going to take that romantic vision and drag it through the mud a bit.
The goal isn’t to discourage you from wanting to do any of this. It just to make sure that you think about what you are getting into.
Because while the life style can be great. And while there are many more good days than bad days. The bad days, can be really bad. And just to make things easy the bad days show up at the most inopportune times – Christmas, birthdays, late a night, when you are tight on cash, when you already have your plate full.
In today’s episode we are going to take a realistic look at the times when farming isn’t so great. The days when farming sucks. Because those days do exist, so let’s not pretend that they don’t.
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Are you ready to take on farming? Dealing with the challenges of farming.
- What’s the plan if you get sick or injured?
- How will that affect your farm and therefor the income?
- An employee or on farm element partner could help to provide a backup in case you go down.
- When starting out it is hard – no infrastructure, customers, cash flow.
- It’s going to be a few years of really hard, long days.
- Make sure that your spouse is 100% completely on board.
- Mentally and physically.
- Farming is not a job – it is a lifestyle.
- There will always be nightmare days and weeks.
- You will always have days when you hate your job.
- You have to have the mindset to be able to push through.
- There will be days that make you want to quit. But the lifestyle and good days, can outweigh the bad.
- Before you start, know why you are doing it and make sure that those reasons really ring true.
- “If you have this idealistic utopian view of what farming is going to be in your head, reality is going to set in and it’s not going to live up to what you paint it to be in your head and then you have a lot further to fall.”
- Are you OK doing this 365 days a year?
- Trying starting start part time and/or on the side.
- Start with an operation like pastured poultry which can give you a break because it can be done in batches.
This workshop will be held June 9-11 and will focus on production and butchering of pastured poultry, pork and rabbits. Note that spots are limited and only 30 seats will be offered for this workshop!
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