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9 Rules for Starting Your Own Farm

forrestAs a guest contributor for “The Art of Manliness,” Forrest Pritchard shares his 9 Rules for Starting Your Own Farm.  From managing debt, to identifying your market, setting reasonable goals, and growing your passion, these rules make good sense, whether you’re a man, or a woman, are new to farming, or have been farming for some time.

Here are the nine rules.  To get the details (AND the bonus rule), you’ll have to go see Forrest’s column here.

1.  Avoid debt!

2.  Allow yourself the opportunity to fail.

3. Identify your market before you start farming.

4. Match the land to its suited use.

5. Grow your passion.

6. Set reasonable goals.

7. Don’t worry about what other people think.

8. Have a sense of humor.

9. Read. Ask questions.  Share your knowledge.

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Kathy Voth
Kathy Vothhttps://onpasture.com
I am the founder, editor and publisher of On Pasture, now retired. My career spanned 40 years of finding creative solutions to problems, and sharing ideas with people that encouraged them to work together and try new things. From figuring out how to teach livestock to eat weeds, to teaching range management to high schoolers, outdoor ed graduation camping trips with fifty 6th graders at a time, building firebreaks with a 130-goat herd, developing the signs and interpretation for the Storm King Fourteen Memorial trail, receiving the Conservation Service Award for my work building the 150-mile mountain bike trail from Grand Junction, Colorado to Moab, Utah...well, the list is long so I'll stop with, I've had a great time and I'm very grateful.

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