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Life is busy. And stressful. Many of us deal with it day in and day out. We wake up, grab breakfast, get the family off to school and work, go to our own jobs, work all day, come home collapsing over the proverbial finish line, only to get up and repeat it all again the very next morning. It's a bit like "Ground Hog's Day". Those of us who are part of this rat race may struggle to find meaning in our daily work life, longing for a more meaningful, natural existence. We may be looking for a way to both commune with nature, re-connect with the land, and possibly even generate some extra income for ourselves and our families.
If this describes you, why not consider the possibilities offered by hobby farming in Minnesota? If you are looking to escape from the toil of the daily grind, hobby farming is a much different existence, one filled with challenges and a tremendous amount of personal satisfaction. In case you are unfamiliar with the concept, a hobby farm is defined as a small acreage parcel of land with livestock or agriculture that is not meant to be a primary source of income. Some hobby farms operate as a recreational outlet for the owners, perhaps generating little to no income. Other hobby farms are capable of generating a great deal of income for their owners. Hobby farming can be perfect for people with full time jobs who are looking for an outlet after work or for folks who are semi-retired looking to generate a little extra income for themselves and their families. Other operate hobby farms purely for the enjoyment of it with no expectation for financial gain. Generally, hobby farms do not employ full time laborers and operate with little overhead costs compared with their larger farming counterparts.
Hobby farms can be recreational horse boarding and pasturing; large gardens that produce fruits, vegetables, and eggs for sale at roadside stands; small livestock farms for the purpose of meat; small dairy enterprises focusing on specialty cheese or creamery products; bee hives for honey production; perhaps a small vineyard for wine production; or even organic mushroom farming. Minnesota is also an excellent place to establish a niche farm such as cranberry farming or cultivating native wild rice crops in wetland areas. The sky is the limit when imagining what sort of industry you can undertake as a hobby farmer! Many hobby farms generate some supplemental income for the owners. The hobby farmer and his or her family also benefits from high quality produce and meat products right at their fingertips for their own families to enjoy.
The hobby farm industry is booming here in Minnesota. Minnesota is typically thought of as a land of lakes and forested acreage. That being said, smaller parcels of cleared farm land can be found throughout the state. Such parcels are perfect for the establishment of a hobby farm. In the United States, many older farms are no longer large enough operations to be economically viable. Larger farming industries step in and buy the land for the purpose of operating larger enterprises. With this business model, the older buildings and residential structures on a farm may be of little use to the large-scale farming industry. These sites can make an ideal spot for hobby farm looking to start up a small operation in Minnesota without the high costs associated with developing the land into a farming property.
The best method of getting started in your very own hobby farm is to talk with your prospective hobby farming neighbors about their experiences. See what type of produce or livestock farming has been profitable in a given area in the past to develop your own plan. Make sure your plan doesn't overlap too much with existing farming enterprises in the area. Take a careful look at the prospective parcel of land. Is there a proven water source capable of sustaining a produce growth and/or livestock? Is there a source of nutrition for livestock such as pastureland? Are there any environmental restrictions or issues with the property? It can be important to know a little bit about the history of the property to know if any toxic chemicals were ever disbursed on the land as that may interfere or impact your own use of the property, particularly if you are interested in establishing an organic farm operation. What type of weather will you likely experience in the area where you are looking to establish your hobby farm? What type of crops and/or livestock do well in that sort of climate? If you are planning to build a farmhouse on the property, is there a suitable spot where you can do this? If you are taking over an existing farmhouse, be sure to schedule an inspection of the property to take a look at hidden defects that might require costly repairs in the future. These are all important considerations to engage in before going forward with a purchase of a hobby farm.
Also, be sure to take a close look at the local markets where you are thinking about establishing your hobby farm. Many hobby farms that are operated for a profit focus on providing high quality, organic, specialty product to markets in their local area. In recent years, people have started focusing more and more on the quality of their food. Folks do not want overly processed junk that has become all too common in our everyday diets. They want high quality, sustainable products from their local farmers. This foodie revolution has helped to generate wonderful farm-to-table restaurants in many areas across the country. You will want to make sure that you can transport your products to these local restaurants and markets. Make sure that there is a demand for the product you plan to provide to that market. Establishing a small goat dairy in an area already full of goat dairies will not be beneficial for you, or the local markets, if you are looking to generate a bit of income with your hobby farming endeavor.
Hiring professional assistance as you navigate through the purchase of a hobby farm property can be invaluable. While it may be expensive, chances are it will save you some money in the long run. Real estate, legal, financial and farming experts can help provide comments about particular parcels of land and the costs you might be facing to develop the property into your very own hobby farm here in northern Minnesota. These professionals can help you navigate everything from the physical attributes of your prospective property to the tax incentives that might be available to you if you decide to farm a particular crop.
If hobby farming sounds like a pretty decent occupation outside of your regular employment or the perfect second career after retirement, why not explore all that Minnesota has to offer? Real estate specialists such as the agents at LandBin.com can show you the ins and outs of land suitable for hobby farming here in northern Minnesota. Hobby farming is not for the faint of heart, but with great risks come great rewards. Explore a new type of personal satisfaction and call today!