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Old 03-01-2013, 08:54 AM
 
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Old 03-02-2013, 07:42 PM
 
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My advice: start growing with no desire to profit. Get the experience first, network with others who do the same or farm for profit. Biggest mistake people make is bite off too much starting out, trying to predict and account for everything.

One way to try your hand is to lease an acre of farmland somewhere.

OD
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Old 03-02-2013, 08:15 PM
 
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It will have to be something that is labor intensive or every Tom,Dick, and Harry would be flooding the market with it.

The only drawback on anything being labor intensive, is you have to compete with big families who utilize all their labor.
Kinda hard if you are just one person.
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Old 03-04-2013, 06:33 AM
 
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It will have to be something that is labor intensive or every Tom,Dick, and Harry would be flooding the market with it.

The only drawback on anything being labor intensive, is you have to compete with big families who utilize all their labor.
Kinda hard if you are just one person.
There is plenty of cheap labor around, it there weren't, Americans would be eating $18/lb tomatoes (something everyone forgets in the immigration debate - get yourself the regular American who is looking for vacation time, health insurance, social security etc. and put them to work on a farm and let's see what the produce off that farm costs at the market)
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Old 03-04-2013, 08:23 AM
 
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There is plenty of cheap labor around, it there weren't, Americans would be eating $18/lb tomatoes (something everyone forgets in the immigration debate - get yourself the regular American who is looking for vacation time, health insurance, social security etc. and put them to work on a farm and let's see what the produce off that farm costs at the market)
OD
Minnesota sugarbeet growers used to hire that " cheap labor" to weed their sugarbeet fields.

They are very happy Rounup ready sugarbeets are now available so they don't have to hire that " cheap labor" anymore.

Area farmers used to hire that " cheap labor" to pick rocks
They realized buying a mechanical rock picker $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ was cheaper than that " cheap labor
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Old 03-04-2013, 08:27 AM
 
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A friend of mine worked many years in a beef packing plant that started to hire that " cheap labor"

He found a better job.

One day he stopped in to see a foreman and the foreman gave him a tour bragging how much money is saved using " cheap labor"

My frind pointed to the work area he used to work and said-----" why are there 3 workers doing that job when myself and one other did that task "

"cheap labor" isn't always cheap !
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Old 03-04-2013, 08:30 AM
 
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supply and demand does work with labor,also

The problem comes when ILLEGALS are entered into the equation to benefit one side !
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:46 PM
 
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supply and demand does work with labor,also

The problem comes when ILLEGALS are entered into the equation to benefit one side !
I don't know what you are talking about - what "one side"? Fact remains cheap illegal and legal immigrant labor is what makes your food super affordable. That and (as you pointed out) tons of chemicals and GMOs.

I see the organic farmers around my area - their lb. of tomatoes is twice the price of the "conventional" crap that gets picked by the cheap labor AND doused in all sorts of herbicides and pesticides AND tastes like cardboard. I would venture to say that a few of these organic guys use cheap labor too...

I will say it again, 99.99% of Americans would NEVER work for the wages that the illegals work for, heck, they would probably refuse the manual labor in the field even if $10/hr was offered with full benefits... Just one of them things that's "below them" now...

Just my opinion, I may be wrong...
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Old 08-10-2013, 01:48 PM
 
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I just read your post after reading an article online that was in the Richmond Times Dispatch this summer.
Google Richmond Times Dispatch and search for Randolph Farm.
The article is by John Blackwell and it talks about a 1 acre experimental farm at Virginia Tech that hopes to yield $43,000+ per year.
My son live on a 3,000 acre farm his in-laws own so I understand some of what that takes to operate and my wife and I have a small garden.
The article is interesting as I am looking for something to raise here in Lexington, VA on 4 extra acres we have. Good luck, Bob
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Old 08-10-2013, 01:50 PM
 
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The article appeared in the Richmond Times on July 7 and the title was " VSU project explores 1 acre farm model".....good luck!
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