Do you want to learn to farm organically? Are you worried about costs, profits, or if the entire operation would be feasible?
Organic farming can feel like an overwhelming topic and process but it doesn’t have to be. We’re going to take a quick look at why you might want to become an organic farmer, how to manage costs, and the most important part of any farming project – soil.
Keep reading for more information!
Why Become an Organic Farmer
There are many reasons that people may become an organic farmer. You might choose to do so because the environment doesn’t suffer as much without the use of synthetic fertilizers and traditional pesticides. Organically farmed land is also much healthier as is the surrounding wildlife.
Another big reason that people make the switch to organic farming is to ensure the health of their families. Because organic farming doesn’t use the same pesticides, fertilizers, and soil as conventional farming, the crops yielded are healthier and have no toxic residue.
Consider Your Costs
Unfortunately, operating an organic farm is known to cost more than running a conventional farm because harvests aren’t as large, more labor is required, the growing process is longer, and crops can be more susceptible to predatory insects without proper management.
In addition to these costs, becoming a certified organic farmer requires that crops are certified as such by the USDA.
To help manage these costs, you should take time to learn about which crops are most profitable in your area as well as about sustainable farming practices that can help increase crop yields and keep your soil healthy.
One such practice is crop rotation – or choosing to rotate the crops you grow based on the nutrients they require. By rotating the crops grown, nutrients have a chance to return to the soil, which will help you to continue growing organically and making money while maintaining healthy land.
Start With Your Soil
No matter how or why you choose to learn to farm organically or if you decide to remain a conventional farmer with sustainable practices, you’ll need to start with your soil. Having great soil can help you produce larger, healthier crops at lower costs.
Organic soil will consist of decaying plant and animal matter, peat, microorganisms, manure, dead leaves, and other substances. Put simply, organic soil is derived from living matter and because of this is rich in nutrients.
Truly organic soil is absent of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. All of these factors can help with growing strong, healthy crops that are resistent to disease and pests.
Using organic soil as you begin farming organically is one of the first and easiest steps you can take when moving away from conventional farming methods.
Whether you have a small or large scale operation, you can benefit from buying organic topsoil from a trusted distributor.
Sequoia Soil Company can help you determine the type of soil or soil amendments you need to begin farming organically and can supply your needs in bulk. With us, producing organically grown crops doesn’t have to be as complicated or expensive as you think. We’re here to help you on your journey to learning to farm organically!