DEAR NEW FARM:
Recently my husband and I came across a small 21-acre organic
land parcel that we would love to buy and farm. However, we
are worried if this is something practical for us to feed
our family of 5. I need to know what it takes to be an organic
farmer, how much it would cost to run the place and how long
it takes to generate enough income to live by.
Boy, those are really broad questions. It all depends on
your markets, your crops, your abilities and a little bit
of luck. Certainly farming families today running diversified
operations have made it with a good bit of ingenuity and a
whole lot less land. (New Farm has the stories to prove it,
just look through our archives.) Get yourself plugged in with
the Ecofarm www.eco-farm.org
folks and try participating in our online discussion forums.
And remember, other farmers—whether you meet them online
here at New Farm, across the fence, or at an annual meeting—are
always your best resource for the questions you are asking.
Best of luck,
us with comments, suggestions and questions.