What’s a farmer worth?


On this site you’ll meet many people who started farms without having to own much, if  any, land.

This requires a big change in thinking. For generations a farmer’s worth has been measured by land ownership, and joining the profession has required owning or renting lots of land. But this has excluded most people from becoming farmers.

The land SPIN farmers use is no bigger than some backyards or front lawns. In some cases, it is backyards and front lawns, their own or those of others.  Often they use small spaces that just sit useless. This opens up the profession to many more people who would not otherwise think it was an option for them.

SPIN-Farming was born out of the practical advantages to keeping a farm small. First, land needs to be made operational. A big land base requires spending money and effort in breaking the land, conditioning the soil, setting up some type of watering system and possibly fencing. Expensive equipment may be needed to work it. Extensive labor is needed to maintain it, and earn an income off of it.

Labor is a farm’s single biggest expense. Keeping a land base small minimizes the need for outside labor. An owner/operated farm can carry on the traditional practice of tapping into an informal network of family and friends to fulfill peak labor needs. The billion dollar local food industry is supporting the level of incomes needed to make these small plot farms financially worthwhile.

When you’re starting out, and later on once you have established a customer base and want to expand it, you can maximize and increase your production with SPIN-Farming’s growing techniques.  They put intensive into s-mall p-lot in-tensive.  When you know how to use them,  you’ll know how to scale up, and reach a higher revenue target, without putting more land into production.

Don’t get hung up on how much real estate you need to start farming.  Focus instead on earning income from whatever size plot you have, or can find.   And measure your worth, not by the amount of land you own, but by the skills you have and your value to the community you serve.