Should I Be A Farmer?

Considering a life in the country growing crops to sell? Or perhaps you want to go off grid and homestead? Find out if you should be a farmer by taking this quiz!

Tags: Living, Work, Career, Farming, Organic, Vegetables, Animals, Rural, Country, Job, Work

1. How early are you willing to get up in the morning?
Before 5 a.m. if I have to Between 6 and 7 a.m. I'm not really good with mornings

2. Does animal waste gross you out?
Yes Sometimes, but I'll deal with it No

3. Do you mind working on your hands and knees?
Yes I can do it occasionally Not a problem ▶ Next Question ◀

Here are all the results with descriptions

Not be a farmer
You are not yet ready to be a farmer. That's not to say you shouldn't try growing a patch of vegetables at home or maybe even a flower garden. If you're interested in being a farmer, start reading farming websites, memoirs of first-time farmers, blogs, follow farmers on social media, and see which farming niche interests you.

Be a hobby farmer
You're not quite ready to totally give up a day job, but hobby farming could be for you. Start off by farming half an acre or even a whole one with a few chickens, a garden, and maybe a goat or dairy cow. Keep it small to start and see how you like it. In the meantime, you could continue to work or you could work freelance from home.

Be a homesteader
More than wanting to farm, you want to go back to the old ways. So do it! There are thousands that do. Even if you only do it for a few years, it's an experience that will enlighten your entire life. Be careful in your research and join a few homesteader forums and social media groups to learn all you can about the legal challenges you'll want to watch for when picking a state to homestead in.

An animal breeder
How far you go with this is up to you. You could go as small as rabbits to as big as a cow. Cattle ranching either takes a lot of time to build a herd or a lot of money for the investment. You might need to start smaller. You probably won't be able to quit your day job for a couple of years. Remember that you can farm all sorts of animals from alpacas to emus, to miniature donkeys! Even fish! It's not all horses and cows, anymore . . .

A market farmer
You should be a real farmer on a small scale. Get down with the Earth and make magic happen. You could grow particular types of vegetables, or you could farm trees, or herbs, or even flowers. Flower farming is really a thing. Market gardening lets you move with the seasons and is much closer to the old-fashioned farming lifestyle. It's hard work - REALLY hard work - and you won't get rich. But it's worth it.

A commercial farmer
Whether you go organic or non-organic, you're built to run a full-scale farming operation. If you haven't already, you might consider getting a degree in agriculture or at least taking several classes from the community college or ag extension.