How to become a Farmer
Now a days every say that they want to become a doctor or an engineer. Even I used to say that and I became a Doctor, but still I am not satisfied. There comes a stage in life where you feel to lead a simple life. I love village life. There is no pollution and it will be so peaceful in a village far from city headaches. This motivated me to move to a village. Then I wanted to do something to live since I quit my medical profession. I love to live with animals. I love to work outdoors. I love touching plants and love the cool breeze when it flows in front of me and the smell of rain. I thought Farming was best to me. So, here are the steps on How I became a farmer.
I was also a beginner like you. I never grown a crop or raised a live stock before, but remember even a sky scraper started from scratch. In this article I will guide you on How to become a Farmer
Learn about Farming:
1) Re-assessment: Let me be honest with you. Before stepping into farming, think once again about why you want to be a farmer. Quitting a software job, quitting city life is not a small thing. You can earn money by not working hard if you do some blue collar job where it takes tremendous amount of hardworking to become a farmer and the returns are not what you get for a blue collar job. But the emotional and spiritual reward is priceless. Meet local farmers and learn from their experience. Trust me many farmers are happy to help.
2) Choose what farm enterprise / enterprises you would like to enter: Majority of farming falls into two categories.
Crops, seed or grain production, berry farms, hay and silage production, apple orchards, vineyards, citrus and vegetable production
Livestock include raising dairy cattle/beef, horse, goats, exotic animals(emu, muskox, buffalo, elk, deer, yak, bison, ostrich etc), beekeeping, poultry(turkeys, ducks, chickens and geese). Another sector of agriculture is sustainable, organic and even regenerative farming which covers crop and livestock production, but pertains to non conventional means of producing such products
Most if not all farms depend on and utilize more than one enterprise to maintain a viable farm despite their economical classification.For instance, a crop only farm will often have a rotational cropping system to grow and harvest at least two crops per season, pulse crops or oilseed every year to balance quality and soil fertility and also to meet future projections. In a similar way, a dairy farm cannot be profitable without having hay, grain and silage enterprises to feed its cows.
Generally the larger the farm, the more specified is the enterprise.It is good to try out different options at the beginning so that you don’t waste a lot of money and realize that all went ruin.
3) Talk to experienced farmers: As in any field we talk with seniors. Similarly in farming too, talk to farmers who are farming in areas which you wanted to get in. You can visit their farms and learn a lot. You can also search online about the local upcoming agricultural events happening in the city and try to attend as many as you can. Every event is a learning opportunity.
Start off by talking about weather because most farmers love to talk about weather as it will impact their operation. Introduce yourself and tell them why you are there for. This helps to make the situation clear rather than pounding on them and asking them questions directly. Ask their permission if they are ok to share details such as what they do, how they Do, what is working, what isn’t, what change and if they are happy to share any advice with you. Farmers market is another great place to meet the producers.
4) Research as much as you can
Education Needed to become a Farmer:
You can get a Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, agricultural Economics, environmental science or any of the related programs. Having a bad helots degree is not mandatory but it can help to provide a guidance to your farming career. If you have good botany knowledge that can be a plus as you can know the proper growing conditions for crops and know the different causes of plant disease.
Dont regret to take farming as a career choice. You can enjoy being outdoors and be your own boss.