During my time as a farmer, I have met a lot of people who are interested in sustainable farming or hobby farming but don't know how to get started. The thought of buying a farm and taking the plunge can seem very overwhelming. Where does one even begin?
Over the years I have offered lots of advice on how to get started. Sometimes though, just being able to read through a book or a guide can be more helpful when you are trying to think everything through. The good news is there are some really good free resources out there that can help you with this.
This article on how to start a farm is one of the best farming guides on how to get started. It offers a really good overview and each step you'll need to take to start farming. And if you want to dive deeper, the rest of the site has a lot of other good resources on sustainable farming and hobby farming.
Finding a sustainable farm to intern on can also be a huge help. Even if you only work on the farm one day a week, you can still gain a wealth of knowledge. Use the LocalHarvest search to find farms in your area and reach out to them to see if they would like some help.
If you are considering farming, I really hope this post will help you get started. Farming is a lot of hard work but it can also be one of the most rewarding things you do.