How Much Land Do You Need To Make Money In Farming?
How much land do you need to make money in farming?
You don’t need much. You can grow lettuce and sprouts in your windowsill if you live in an apartment. You can grow tons of food in a small back yard. You can eat it or sell it.
You don’t need a tractor. You only need a digging fork if you want to double dig. Or, if you do it like Ruth Stout… just throw your seeds out… when they sprout… just add mulch.
Here is a guy in Los Angeles who has just ¼ acre. But he wastes no space. He feeds his family and sells some of this produce to others.
Pepper Backyard Farming 1/4 Acre = TONS of Food
Keep this in mind…
When you work the land by hand… you don’t need hundreds of acres of land. In fact… if you work the land by hand… one man can only work one acre… if you’re going to follow the “John Jeavons” method.
The big farm… with tractors… combines… taxes… weed killer… fertilizer… mortgage payment… and selling at discounted prices to Costco and Walmart…. Might make as little as $200 dollars per acre per year.
But the small operator can make $20,000 — $40,000… up to $100,000 per acre. And it’s been done from California to freezing temps of Montreal Canada. You don’t need to be in the sunbelt. You just need to be creative in your approach.
Wide beds. (No wasted space.)
Compost. (Feed your soil, not your plants.)
Mulch… the living compost pile under your plants.
Worms… the little aerators.
Work the land every day… your crops are living and breathing… you need to watch them everyday. Do they need water today? Do you need to pull some weeds? Are the snails chomping away at them? Is there a rabbit that needs catching?
It’s going to take you two years to get to know your soil… your sunshine… your habits… your weaknesses… your plants’ reactions to everything like windbreaks, shade, water supply.
As Ruth Stout says… There is nothing dull about gardening.
This is a creative exercise. The solutions are in your knowledge, skill and willingness to invest your passion. It’s not in how much land you have. It’s in what you’re willing to do with the land you have.
Sajo Farm Boy.