Hi, I’m Ben, and I am working towards becoming a full-time farmer, and can’t wait to realize this dream! I am a long ways off, but I am moving forward, inch by little inch, whilst gaining incredible momentum! Isn’t it amazing that whenever you put your mind and energy towards something, it’s as if all the forces of nature collude in your favor, the stars align and the sun shines favorably down upon you? That’s exactly how I feel right now! I wanted to start this blog for a few reasons. Firstly, a lot of my initial research has landed my internet searches on similar blogs of similar people with similar dreams and aspirations. Secondly, I want to keep track of this journey I am undertaking, as well as share it with my friends and family. Thirdly, and this is the “hippiest” of reasons, I feel that by putting my energy out into the world with my goals in mind, it is more likely to come back to me in greater amplitudes, thereby increasing my momentum at exponential rates! So if you are reading this, welcome, and I hope you like what you see!
I’m just going to jump right into it. I was thinking about just posting the above as a “welcome” post, and then post what I’m about to write separately, but that’s silly and inefficient, and one thing that I think will be required in order to create a successful farming enterprise is the ability, or skill even, to be concise and efficient in every facet of every aspect of life!
The biggest thing I’ve been thinking about today is how to minimize the time it takes to get to be able to farm full-time, as my only means of income. I know I am years from doing that, and I have been trying very hard to keep myself on the earth and not allow myself to get too far ahead of myself, but I do feel that there are certain steps that I can take in order to set myself on an efficient path towards this end. What I have concluded is that the quickest route to becoming a farmer is to start making farming pay as soon as possible. At this point, there aren’t really many reasonable avenues I have of doing this, but I am growing a black krim tomato plant, a zucchini plant, and some basil on my back patio, and may be able to sell some of these at the farmers market, but that’s not really that much. Currently, I am saving as much money as I possibly can so that I can purchase a camper-trailer to live in once my lease is up at this apartment in January. Once I accomplish this, I will be able to put away so much more money, because I won’t be dropping $1000/month on rent and utilities and such. I’m hoping to be able to park this trailer at either the incubator farm I have been getting involved with OR on the property of the farming couple I have been volunteering for… Both these locations are not ideal for where I work, and I am expecting an hour-plus commute to and from work, but then I’ll be living where I can learn more about farming, and even start doing a little farming of my own and start making some cash money! I feel like that is key, not only because I will be adding to the amount I can save, but also because I will be learning first hand some of the economics of farming, and can begin gaining momentum in that respect.
Momentum-building is what it is all about! I hope you will follow me in this journey. You can look forward to more as my journey unfolds before me! I don’t know what to expect, and am trying to take this as slowly as possible, so I don’t miss anything on the way. Thanks for reading. Peace!