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I started a post on this in the Aspiring Farmers Group but thought I'd bring it out here so more people can see it.

I'm writing a post for my blog about this new movement of young farmers and I wanted to get like minded people's reasons for their desire to be farmers.

Where does your desire come from?

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

What would your raise/grow?

Did you grow up around farms?

What do you do now and how do you plan to make the change?

Thanks for any and all help!

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Comment by Troy Anderson on March 16, 2010 at 9:03am
Where does your desire come from?
I am currently a golf course superintendent in West Virginia. I have a growing interest in what is happening to the food that is produced here in the US and how it is affecting the health of all of us. I would love to stop growing grass one day and start growing food free of synthetic contaminates.
Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
I am sure I will still be in the golf business working toward implementing more organic and environmentally friendly practices on my little piece of earth. I hope to be providing most of the fresh vegetables that our restaurant kitchen use during the season.
What would your raise/grow?
Tomatoes, peppers, root vegetables, squash, and herbs. Mostly heirloom and hard to find varieties.
Did you grow up around farms?
I worked for a farm market from age 13 – 16 then on weekends until I moved away from Ohio in my early 30’s.
What do you do now and how do you plan to make the change?
I am hoping to get a foot hold in market gardening by providing out club kitchen with an increasing number of products. This will allow me to use land that our club owns without any financial risk. If it works I should be able to build a nice reputation in this area and get into the restaurant supply end of things and open a market soon after that is established. For now I am just a home gardener with a dream.
Comment by Melinda Jo Mimms on March 20, 2010 at 2:27am
This is for all new and aspiring (and already) farmers
I saw your post and wanted to offer a link I saw on the US Dept. of Agriculture site. It is a complete plan to start a Farmers Market.

I also saw a link for grant money to start a farm -
Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) -


Need Grant Information to begin farming or ranching? Amended Section 7405 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 has made 17.2 million available - A beginning farm is considered to be one that is operated by one or more operators who have 10 years or less of experience operating a farm or ranch. In 2007, approximately 21 percent of family farms met that definition. Deadline is April 6, 2009, so hurry. Or, check for updates to next years possible offerings of grants.

Please pass this info to anyone you would like.
Comment by Annemarie on March 20, 2010 at 2:07pm
Where does your desire come from?

I don't really know--it just sort of developed over time. I've always loved being outdoors, being active, being creative--farming just seems like a natural extension of this. Where else can you have an intellectually and spiritually satisfying work experience? I have yet to find any other career the promises to feed the soul as much as agriculture (when it is done right).

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
I hope to start a small farm or join an existing one.

What would your raise/grow?
Native, seasonal plants--probably arid land crops

Did you grow up around farms?
No, unfortunately not

What do you do now and how do you plan to make the change?
Engineering--I'm minoring in Sustainable Agriculture. I'll transfer the hard work, creativity, and problem-solving skills of my engineering education.

Thanks for any and all help!
Comment by Carol Sullivan on March 25, 2010 at 9:48am
Although I am not a stellar gardener, I have all the respect in the world for folks who are and those that take on year-round growing operations in this crazy climate of Western Maine. I am starting to work at being part of the cycle that gets those homegrown goods to table in our community. So, even though I'm not a farmer, I hope to be helping those that do. Way to go!
Comment by Kristie Nackord on March 27, 2010 at 6:12pm
My desire to farm comes from a deep love and passion for plants and this earth in general!

In the next five years my farm will be in full-swing with both greenhouses completed.

I currently grow medicinal and culinary herbs and produce.

Yes, I grew up around farms in Northern California, but I did not grow up on a farm!

I've slowly been transitioning myself from the corporate world to my own herbal and farm business. It's totally and absolutely possible! I truly believe it is possible to LIVE our dream lives!
Comment by Carrie Seal-Stahl on March 31, 2010 at 8:52pm
Where does your desire come from?
A sense of self sufficiency, enjoyment of nature and the desire to get as far away from the city as possible.

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
Hopefully living peacefully on a small farm selling herbs and veggies as well as continuing my artwork.

What would your raise/grow?
You name it veggie and herb wise. Fruit trees like plums, peaches and pears as well as grapes. I also want chickens, a goat and a Llama lol

Did you grow up around farms?
Just big gardens grown by my southern family members who grew up in coal mining camps and had to do so to survive.

What do you do now and how do you plan to make the change?
I have a 8x16 veggie garden and an 8x4 herb plot. I hope to expand that by acres and offer home grown produce and handcrafted items to be as self sufficient as possible.


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