Have you sometimes thought that it would be great to be a farmer, but you just don’t want to live out in the country? Maybe you would like to earn some money without leaving home or making a huge investment to start up a business? Then you are perfect for Backyard Farming!
And this doesn’t mean that you have to house chickens or other livestock. Most people who have a backyard farm focus solely on growing vegetables. Whether they live in the country, suburbs, or an urban area, many people are learning to make maximum use of the space they have in order to grow food for their families and also make a profit.
In order to get started with backyard farming, there are certain questions you want to ask yourself:
What do I want to accomplish?
The answer to this will likely be very different for some people over others. Some urban farmers simply want to feed their families with fresh, healthy produce right from their own backyards. Others may want the satisfaction of growing their own food, and selling it for extra income, or build up a full-time business. Still others may be interested in raising their kids with the skills of backyard farming so they understand responsibility and self-reliance. Whatever your goals are, be sure to set them out before you put a shovel in the ground so that you know when you’ve reached them!
How much time do I have to spend?
If you are a retiree, you’re likely to have more time than a working mom. If you’re starting a farm as a homeschool project, that requires a different plan than if you want to build a business. Again, think through what your objectives are before you start planning a farm.
How much money can I invest?
Starting a backyard farm doesn’t have to break the bank, but it also may bring up unexpected costs. Do your research on the cost before going in. In some cases you can rent, barter or borrow the tools and infrastructure to get started.
Backyard Vegetable Farming
Starting a small garden is the least expensive way to start building your backyard farm. It’s a great way to get yourself and your family outdoors, establish a purposeful exercise routine, and it yields a quick and easy return on your time and money. Just how big of a return? Find out with our free food calculator.