Before you dive into starting your hobby farm, it’s important that you’re fully prepared. This could include things such as learning how to look after the different types of animals that you’re going to be taking on, and discovering where you can find your nearest retailer or manufacturer for animal feed nutrition.
Hobby farming is becoming a more and more popular choice of passing the time. If you’re an ‘outdoors’ sort of person, starting a hobby farm could be a great choice for you, as it gives you the chance to get outside more often, caring for animals, growing plants, vegetables and more. Depending on the type and size of hobby farm that you’re hoping to have, things could be a little overwhelming at the beginning. We’ve put together a set of tips to help you get your hobby farm off to the best start.
If you are feeling overwhelmed with the idea of caring for three or four new species of animals along with managing a garden and trying to grow food at the same time, it’s easy to get burned out quickly. Instead, opting for one or two major new projects each year, depending on the amount of time which you have to devote to your hobby farm, you have a better chance to learn as you go along with a smaller risk of failure. Starting small and gradually increasing and growing your hobby farm is also much more relaxing, enjoyable and less stressful.
You should also be prepared financially, too – running a hobby farm doesn’t have to be expensive, but it’s essential have a rough plan laid out when it comes to how much you expect it to cost.
Talk to Other Farmers
One of the best ways to gain knowledge and experience as a hobby farmer is to socialize with other farmers. If you have not yet started putting your hobby farm together, visiting a local farmer’s market or other hobby farms and seeing how they work is a great way to get a good idea of what to expect from your new venture. Engaging in your local farming community is also a great way to gain valuable tips, ideas and advice which you won’t find from reading books on the subject or looking up information online.
In the end, being successful as a hobby farmer and enjoying the hobby is all about doing what is right for you. Having an attitude of experimentation when it comes to your farm is important – don’t think that you have to consider doing something for the rest of your life, just because you have started it. Of course, it’s vital to be responsible when it comes to looking after animals, but remember to keep your options open and don’t be afraid of changing things if they don’t suit you. After all, it’s your farm, and your hobby!
Running a hobby farm can be a great way to pass your spare time, and for some, becomes a full-time venture! But, it’s important to be prepared for the commitment.