/Beginner’s Guide to Growing Vegetables for Profit

Beginner’s Guide to Growing Vegetables for Profit

In this article, we going to show you how to start a farm from scratch in 7 steps. In fact, this step-by-step tutorial is the exact same approach we used to start organic farming on our small farm, which allowed us to farm full time in our first year and makes us comfortable living doing something we love.

Whether you want to start an urban farming business or larger scale market gardening, here are the steps I’m going to cover that will help you start a farm from scratch and become a farmer.

Beginner’s Guide to Growing Vegetables for Profit
In step 1 I’m going over the crucial research phase of starting a farm. At this point you’ll start identifying your ideal customers, get to know the demands in your area, and you’ll start to identify what crops are in demand. From there we go over to create a design for your farm that takes into consideration the day-to-day tasks and operations.

This design will be optimized to increase efficiency, practicality and ultimately will help you build a profitable farm. After the creation of the farm design, we go into the details of creating a crop plan that ensures a continuous supply of crops during the growing season.

I’m going to share the step-by-step of how we plan our production each year on our farm, which helps us supply our customers with their organic vegetables. Once the crop plan has been made, we go over to the initial preparation of your land. I explain the different options you have and my personal favorite that allows us to grow great organic vegetables, without the hassle of having to worry about weeding all the time. After covering the initial preparation of your land in this step-by-step tutorial on how to start a farm from scratch, we’ll cover some best practices on growing, selling, and marketing your crops.

At the end, I wrap up the video with one of the most important steps you can take that will help you optimize your production, increase your farm profits, and will help you in your journey of starting a farm from scratch, and will help become a farmer.

Introducing Pig Farming Contracts in SA – Farming pigs is not as hard as many people think. You need to take care of them, feed them and make sure they have all needs they require such as heat and cold protection, enough water, and their own space to farrow.

Selling pigs at the right price is probably the most challenging part of your business. Of course, there are many ways to sell pigs in the form of your local abattoir and your customers. But what if you want to grow your business and start supplying big supermarket chains or butcheries or start Pig Farming Contracts

Contract Pig FarmingWhat is contract growing or contract pig farming?
Contract farming is when a company that owns a lot of pigs put their pigs in your building and pay your to rent every single month. These companies usually employ their own Growers (a person that takes care of the pigs) or you could farm for them

The method of contract growing is a smart idea introduced in the ’90s and as the landowner is a risk-free entity as you don’t have any concern of losing livestock or keeping up with feed costs.

Keep in mind that each company has different standards and rules of farming and some changes might occur on your farm. You should consider long-term contracts when you do decide to go with Contract Farming as companies will probably make changes to your infrastructure and could include changing the building structure to suit their needs. Not complying with their rules could cost you your contract.

Contract Farmers will send a field guy or an inspector at least once a week if you are farming for retail companies and give you advice or to improve in certain areas where you are lacking.

One of the advantages of contract farming is that you don’t need to buy feed and that is one reason why a lot of farmers go out of business. You also don’t have market-related stress as a contract farmer. Markets are up and down and you never know what you are going to get paid until the market has slaughtered and sold the pigs. You are still getting paid the amount that you have signed up with your contract.

by FarmingSA