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How to Start Your Own Farm

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This isn’t just for beginners. There are really great tips here for all farmers and ranchers who are trying to succeed and grow. Thanks, Forrest!

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About the author

Forrest Pritchard is a professional farmer and writer, holding degrees in English and Geology from the College of William and Mary. His farm Smith Meadows was one of the first “grass finished” farms in the country, and has sold at leading farmers’ markets in Washington DC for more than fifteen years. His book Gaining Ground, A Story of Farmers’ Markets, Local Food and Saving the Family Farm (Click HERE) was named a Top Read by The Washington Post and NPR. Forrest’s new book The Farmer In Your Kitchen: A Celebration Of Extraordinary Farms And Local Flavors is slated for release in Fall 2015, from the award-winning press The Experiment.


  1. Crystal says:

    Great list, I’d add a couple caveats to #7. 1) Find mentors that are succeeding in what you are trying to do, and listen very carefully to their advice! 2) Be all about your customer, to succeed at #3 you have to know and care what your customer wants, and adapt to it. and finally 3) Cultivate relationships with your farming neighbors. I agree, don’t worry about them laughing t your enterprises, but still be good neighbors, that is a wonderful part of the rural life. Plus to stay away from debt, there are wonderful synergies that can bring equipment costs down: borrow/rent the tractor, trailer or whatever piece of equipment if you only need it a couple times a year, hire the services, offer yours as a side job, find people who will cover chores if you want to go to a conference, who will help you get the cows in…. And many opportunities for great friendship which can help from making farming a lonely enterprise.

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