My Hobby Farm
When the wind is blowing up a dust storm and it never looks like a decent rain will ever come, I canít help but wonder why I bought this hobby farm. The mood does quickly turn however- on waking to a nice clear day full of promise everything feels rosy once again.
Coming from the land always helps when deciding to buy a plot of land, but a love of nature is essential. Not having a good knowledge of farming means much more homework is needed, but these obstacles can be overcome. Having lots of friends and a practical nature will enable you to overcome the problems which seem to be an everyday aspect of running a hobby farm.
I bought my farm in order to enjoy my lifelong passion for growing plants-especially fruit and vegetables. There is also the health aspect resulting from lots of exercise and of course a chance to get out and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. The seasons become clearer and the senses are certainly sharpened by the ever-changing colours, aromas and sounds.
Learning some of the fine details of plant propagation has always been a topic of interest. Some of the most interesting information has been obtained from older migrants who spent most of their lives on vineyards and orchards. Meeting and conversing with other gardeners and like minded people about their successes and failures also helps to get things into perspective.
In case you may be thinking there is money to be made from a hobby farm, think again. Most hobby farms being relatively small are inefficient and will cost much more to maintain than any likely earnings. Profits can me made with lots of dedication and a hard nosed approach towards a business, but much care and research will be needed in order to achieve this aim.
If you have decided to buy your own piece of paradise, I believe you can expect a journey with many ups and downs and lots of unexpected turns.
Wishing you all the best in your venture.
About the Author: Ben is a close associate of Alf, the proud owner of a hobby farm in Australia. Ben encourages Alf to share his wealth of hobby farming experiences by writing articles and books. Ben helps Alf to luanch the website www.farmforfun.com. Ben is also in the process of helping to get Alf's books published.