How Much Land Do You Need?" ... "Working On The Farm Layout" ... and even all a little about the post titled "Buying a Farm is Like Buying a House". Basically, when it comes down to it, access to land is one of the biggest obstacles that many beginning farmers have to overcome. Unless they are joining the family farm or working with a current farmer the only solution is to purchase land or rent land. There are just as many positives as there are negatives for renting vs. buying depending on what the goal and vision of your farm is. When it comes down to it I believe it is a decision that needs to be made on a case by case basis ... but, that doesn't keep me from sharing my thoughts on the subject!
If you are interested in working on rented land, especially when it comes to livestock, I whole-heartedly suggest Greg Judy's books ::
- Comeback Farms (Here is a link to a series of chapter reviews I posted on the blog)
- No Risk Ranching: Rejuvenating Soils, Pastures and Profits with Livestock Grazing Management
(if you are interested in the music in this episode check out my brother's record label, Historic Records)