I want to buy a small farm or a home with 3-4 acres but I don't have any farming experience?

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Is there any book or tips I can get on how to take care of a large piece of land. Or should I convert the land into a big garden. I like to move to Northern Cali or Oregon. I hate this grind and city life that I'm in.
I don't want any cattle or animals, just land.
I would probably grow fruits and veggies.

so shit on the ground and practice cleaning it up

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  1. Gigi B Says:

    so shit on the ground and practice cleaning it up
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  2. ChristChild Says:

    Are you a guy? Marry me. I've got lots of farming experience and a degree to go with it!!!
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  3. donktheclown Says:

    Why don't you get a part time job on a farm, first. This way you will know if it is something you really want to do.
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  4. meme c koo Says:

    well first of all, you need to know what kind of soil is on your land, check out neighboring homes and see if they have planted things. it is alot of work to take care of a farm, im talking about 5 or 6 am until 1 am….very demanding work if you want to sell what your growing. yes there are probably books, but i would also try working for someone on a farm, even if its for a week, and you will see if you like it. otherwise, just invest in some cattle. but they can cost alot too to feed.
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    lived in the very country state north dakota my whole life, raise horses.

  5. J.E.S. Says:

    There is more money in organic gardening than farming. Depends on what you want to do with it. Look around and watch your neighbors.
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  6. hibernianarcher Says:

    To be honest, 3 – 4 acres is really not large unless you are currently stuck in a city plot. I got out of the city in 1992 and bought 500 acres, since then I have added another 900. If you do this, talk to local farmers, the state agriculture board etc. 4 or 5 acres would be great if you just want to grow your own food, add a chicken house and/or a hog pen and you are set.
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    You will also need to learn how to "can" your stuff for longterm shelf life.

  7. JT Says:

    well 3-4 acres isn't that large. You could get away with a small tractor and some attachements.
    Getting the ground ready isn't too hard with the right tools.
    Planting isn't hard, just check out the crops specs. to see with they should be next to.
    Letting is grow.
    The hard part is harvesting time. Where the heck do you put all of this stuff and keep it good.

    Investigate canning and dehydrating. Sell what you want. But it just keeps coming.

    Good luck to you. I'm pondering the same idea.
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  8. trevor2 Says:

    3 or 4 acres is nothing in the farming world, and if youre tired of the grind of the city life, keep in mind that farmers rarely ever take a day off and work an average of12-14 hour days and make just enough to get by. if you want to try farming just go to a farm and ask the farmer if he wants a farmhand, that will give you a chance to experience it without having to buy the farmstead and realizing youre in over your head
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    north dakota, farm raised

  9. kc_warpaint Says:

    3 to 4 acres isn't usually considered a small "farm". Farms are generally hundreds, if not thousands, of acres dedicated to growing commercial crops on a very large scale. The farmers I know plant thousands of acres of wheat, a few thousand more acres of corn, etc.

    An acre is more or less about the size of city block. At best, you could call your idea a a large "garden". What you can or can't do with the lot that size is up to the local zoning ordinances. Call the local planning board or zoning commission to see if you can plant a large "garden" and profit from that "garden".

    As far as learning to garden, there are a lot of books available on the subject. Check your local library or garden nursery for more information. :)
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  10. mooncrystal6 Says:

    Why don't you go to Powell's book store in Portland and see what you can find. They're bound to have tons of books on the subject. If I remember correctly, there's a branch that is dedicated to Home&Garden.
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  11. sha Says:

    If I was you, I would contact the University of Oregon. They offer a tremendous variety of programs on the subjects that pertain to farms and gardening. The home extension program can put you in touch with other people that have done what you hope to do, or that are trying. Also when I was in high school there was a group called the FFA… Future Farmers of America.I would assume that organization could be helpful. There is still some fine property available for farming. It does entail ALOT of hard work, but not impossible.
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