April 24, 2009 9:33 AM EDT
I gather from your words that you aren`t too sure about the project of a farm.
I`m in the US, but it really doesn`t matter where you live, farming for your own sustenance or for profit is a lot of work...some hard and some very easy and joyful.
You first need to have a very clear understanding of what you want the action to produce.
If, it`s for profit, then you need to figure out the niche that is most sought after or missing.
Educate yourself on that niche and be prepared to do a lot of trial and error before you get it fine tuned to the profit stage.
As far as hiring someone to do the work...not a profitable move, even if you can find and keep a good worker.
My suggestion for someone with your thinking and lack of experience in the subject of farming is this: Make it a hobby farm, grow what you like and want for your own use, if there is an abundance then find a market for that.
This can serve two purposes: Do you like it enough to stay with it. And, it will help you find a niche by simply paying attention to the reaction you get from others.
A high tunnel or/and green house are both great investments for beginners and a must for the more seasoned farmer. They give you a protected environment to grow in and cut down on time consuming activities such as weeding, pest control , watering, etc.
We own and work a small family farm. We have about 3 acres in herbs ,vegetable gardens, and fruit and berry trees/bushes/vines.
We market the herbs, both fresh and dried.
The niche for us is the products we produce from the dried herbs. Seasonings and blended teas and herbal tisanes.
We are 6 years into the project and it has been debt free from the beginning.
Which means we made enough profit the first year to more than pay for the cost of start-up.
( the key to being profitable is to learn and practice the ways of doing things that cost you very small amounts of money.) Start small and add to as you can afford to pay for new additions.
We were very prepared, both in knowledge and funds.
My hubby still works full time and most of the day to day on the farm is my job.
I grew up on a for profit farm and so I was knowledgable in the requirements.
If you wish to know more about us and gather some useful info from reading...visit
the website and the blog.
Hope this helps and inspires you to go forward.
Much success and enjoy your project..
Sage Hill Farms