DEAR NEW FARM:
I have a small six-acre piece of property. Would it be possible
to start a sustainable organic farm? Also I have no farming
Sure, you can do a lot with six acres. Take Somerton Tanks
Farm in Philadelphia, which serves a 40-member CSA, several
restaurant accounts and two farmer’s markets, all off
of half an acre: www.somertontanksfarm.org.
Also, read our
recent reply to a similar question advising another newbie
to get active with their regional sustainable agriculture
group. (In your case, you would want to check out the Southern
Sustainable Agriculture Working Group www.ssawg.org
and Florida Organic Growers www.foginfo.org.)
Keep reading New Farm, and jump into one or several of our
forum discussions: www.newfarm.org/forums.
Talk to your neighboring organic farmers, visit farmers' markets,
and start experimenting with crops and markets this season
(you don't have to plant the whole six acres at once; choose
something you know grows well in your area that has a bit
of a shelf-life in order to help you line up customers and
test the waters).
Best of luck,
us with comments, suggestions and questions.