Starting A Farm: 7 Tips For Beginners

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Here’s an interesting video from The Dutch Farmer, we learn his top 7 tips for starting a farm. He’s very experienced, having worked for numerous farms and starting his own market garden type farm.

1) It’s important to plan well and approach the farm as a business rather than as a hobby. Just “growing a bunch of stuff” and selling the surplus is not the way to success. It’s a huge amount of work and it’s important to separate the fantasy from the reality.

2) Plan your profits. This means getting clarity on what you are trying to achieve, knowing how much you need to earn and having a clear business model. You need to do market research in order to understand what’s in demand.

3) Start generating an income. Too many farmers experiment and try to do too many things at once based on “feel good” factors rather than focusing on that which will generate an actual profit. Make it pay first before expanding your operations.

4) Build good relationships with your customers. This is an area in which small-scale local farmers can excel when compared to giant agribusiness. Dutch Farmer states that making good impressions, being likeable, honest and looking smart are important, as well as the quality of the produce. When customers ask questions, share the story of your farming journey. That personal touch goes a long way.


5) Identify demand before you start growing. Do the research in order to learn who your customers will be and what they are in need of. Dutch Farmer did a survey of potential local customers and asked them directly what they were interested in.

6) Start small with the right equipment. Rather than taking on a huge plot of land, start with a smaller plot and get things dialled in first before expanding.

7) Track everything. It’s important to take notes and keep records. Your data – from dates of harvesting through to the amount of yield and things that could have been done better. Learning which of the crops makes money and which doesn’t will enable you to optimise.

Starting A Farm: 7 Tips For Beginners
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