Buying a smallholding, or a small farm, is a dream many people have. The idyllic life of growing or raising produce and culturing land to create a beautiful life for the family. However, this kind of investment could be disastrous if it isn’t thought through. You must understand the type of smallholder you want to run, what it requires, and what you want to get out of it. Buying the smallholding and then realizing it doesn’t work for you can be expensive and quite an upheaval for everyone involved.
What are you hoping to achieve from the smallholding? Do you want it to be the chief money earner for your family? Do you want it to supplement the income you already have? Is the idea to change your lifestyle? Is it simply to have a little hobby? Knowing why you want the smallholding and what you want out of it will help you direct your research and help you understand what you are looking for (if you haven’t purchased the land yet). For example, if you want to raise animals for food, you must look into animal welfare laws and raise animals to sell for food. If the smallholding is to create a free lifestyle for you and your family, then you’ll need to consider the ease with which you can care for the land and how it lends itself to the lifestyle you imagined. Think deeply about what you want and expect so you have a much more focused research funnel.
It is important to know what the land offers to understand your resources. Is the land suitable for animals to graze? Is it ideal for growing vegetables and fruit? Are there water restrictions in your area? What about the climate? Is it suitable for the lifestyle or business you want?
Learning everything you need from scratch is possible, but you will still need some basic skills and a determined attitude. Ideally, you will have some business knowledge, marketing knowledge, or a really large pool of passion to draw from for the life you want to create.
You have to accept that this is a big lifestyle change, and even if you’re moving to a small smallholding for the lifestyle, sometimes it can be too much for some people. The work and the responsibility can be difficult, and even the cost of managing a large amount of land can be overwhelming. When it comes to business, the risk gets bigger. If you want to make an income off your smallholding, the planning needs to be much more elaborate to minimize the risk, but you still have to accept that your business could be one of the .
Understanding what the land has to offer, as well as what you have to put in and what you want, will all help you make an informed decision about whether or not the smallholding life is for you.
It is important to understand that having a smallholding is a tough life, and the resources can be an issue if limited. Soil, water, and farm location matter and should be high on your priority list regardless of why you want a small farm because they affect everything. That aside, your reasons for wanting a smallholding are also very important. Small farms provide an incredible opportunity for families to thrive and enjoy a different way of life. A smallholding purchased for lifestyle reasons can be a good starting point for a family considering family life on a larger scale. It provides smallholding experiences without the pressure of needing the land to make money. It can also be an excellent idea for those wanting to live off-grid and have independence. You could supply yourself with food, energy, and fuel from a well-chosen smallholding.
If you want a small holding for money, you need to plan differently. Things are a little more serious, and you must be more cutthroat. Regardless of how you do it, this is a business, so you must dedicate time to ensure you can make money from this venture. You must be realistic and look at every single potential risk. You will also have a much larger initial outlay than a lifestyle smallholding purchase. There’ll be lots of things to purchase, including tools and vehicles like tractors, , and storage containers, plus several other essentials to consider, such as:
- Structures being built
- Land preparation
- Outsourcing workers and companies
- Permits and registrations
It would help to consider the cost of running the land, enterprise, house, and business. You may succeed, but only if you work to ensure your success.
Success is not a destination but the road that you’re on. Being successful means that you’re working hard and walking your walk every day. You can only live your dream by working hard towards it. That’s living your dream – Marlon Wayans.
Owning a smallholding can be a dream and an incredible way to make a living. But it is a huge commitment, and you must spend much time and energy researching. With the right decisions, risk management, hard work, and plenty of planning, you’ve every reason to have a wonderful smallholding life to look forward to.