Getting started on a hobby farm

Date: 6 October 2014
Getting started on a hobby farm
If you're buying a regional property where you can settle down for the long term, it's a great idea to start up a hobby farm. They don't just provide endless enjoyment and produce for you and your family - they can add real value to a property if you intend to sell down the line. Here's how to get started on an excellent small hobby farm.

Know the climate

If you haven't run a small farm with animals or crops before, it's a great idea to speak to others in the region to get an idea for what works. Depending on soil and weather conditions as well as planning regulations, there may only be certain types of crops that work or numbers of animals you can have. Make sure you have enough room for your animals as well. Get a feel for what you can do, before you decide what you want to do!

Remember the name

It's a hobby farm, not a career farm. If you wish to really get into making produce to sell at your local market or among your social networks, you may want to consider specialising in one type of crop and doing it on a slightly larger scale. But for a great home hobby farm, it's fun to try and plant a variety of produce and enjoy some diversity. A hobby is something to cherish and enjoy, and that should be one of your primary goals when planting.

Prepare for the long term

If you want to get into hobby farming on a rural property, make sure you're prepared for the long run! Think ahead to whether you can see yourself digging up and replanting crops in a year or three. If you feel like you might have lost interest, it may be worth considering other options for your open space.
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