The Advice No One Wants to Get

It’s a multi-year process.

Beginning farmers always come well-equipped with 2 things – impatience and magical thinking. Both are necessary to get them to that all-important point where they make the Big Commitment to becoming a farmer.

Then, they want to to throw themselves into it, give it their all, make it happen.  But few beginning farmers can. They face the same challenges of anyone else starting a business – time, family priorities, finances.

The truth is, starting a farm business is a multi-year process.  How do you get there? Here’s what you have to  figure out:
✔ amount of space you need
✔ amount of time you need to commit
✔  what to grow
✔ how to sell
✔ how to get all the work done while juggling other commitments

SPIN farmer Wally Satzewich says,  “The big thing is transitioning from where you are to where you want to be without having to give up along the way.”

The good news is, time is on your side. As this year comes to a close, all of the abstract moral imperatives for reforming the food system were suddenly transformed into real-life survival tactics. Sustainable. Resilient. Transparent. Translation: Local producers selling direct.

Farm industry watchers and economists all seem to agree that SPIN farmers are now in the catbird seat. Their prediction: a de-globalization of the food industry and a greater emphasis on regionalization of production and processing. So wherever you’ll be starting starting from next year –  square foot gardening, homesteading, market gardening, traditional farming – there’s long-term opportunity in SPIN-scale farming.