How to Start a Farm After Retirement
As you make plans for your retirement, you may have realized you don’t want to busy your life up with a lot of traveling. What you would like most to do is to settle down on some owner financed land and dig your hands into the fresh soil of God’s green Earth. Now that you have a lot more free time to research, you’ll find that starting a farm might not be as complicated as you think. Here are some tips for getting started.
1. Find Your Land
To find a great price on the perfect spot in a location that’s perfect for you, browse around at Hurdle.com. If there’s an area you love in Georgia, explore what’s available there. Maybe you prefer to retire in Tennessee or South Carolina. Land is available all over the South – for a great price. You just have to decide what area works best for your new life. (If you prefer, you can choose your land based on the type of farm you are dreaming about. In that case, you should do our next point first.)
2. Feel Your Land
Once you know where you’re going to have your farm, do a little research to find out what crops and/or animals would thrive best with the environment you’re providing. Once you are in the area, look and ask around to see what the area is best at growing.
3. Fill Your Land
Let the sowing begin! You should plan out some kind of blueprint for the gardens you will be planting, taking into consideration what areas receive the most light, and which soil drains the best, if needed. Or, your plan might instead include a barn and fenced-in area for the animals you will be housing. Put these plans into practice and get building! Once you have it all prepared, it’s time to introduce the plants and/or animals. *Note – planting times for your vegetation vary from zone to zone, so you may want to start with your planting time and work backward to see when you should start creating the garden.
4. Fuel Your Land
Planting your crops is just the beginning. Here’s where the real farming takes place. You will need to make sure you know the ins and outs of the day to day care. How much watering will need to be done? How much do your animals need to be fed? When is the best time to fertilize? Running your farm will surely keep you busy. If you find you have too much free time on your hands, you might want to review your plants’ or animals’ needs again.
Farming can be a rewarding venture, if you are patient. Your first few years could be quite draining. But as long as you have done your research and hard work, there’s nothing to keep your farm from being a success. If nothing else, your body will thank you for the health benefits you receive in your golden years. When you look at it, there’s no reason not to take a look at the land Hurdle has to offer today.