Why We Need Small Farms

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When you’re looking for a business to invest in, small farms are usually not the idea that most people have in mind. However, they could be one of the best investments you can make if do the needed research beforehand.

There are many reasons to invest in these farms that go beyond making a profit even though making a profit is itself a good reason to invest in a business. Small farms will have an impact on the environment and the communities they are based in that you should take into account.

The state of things

At this point, small farms are experiencing a bit of a difficulty. They are shrinking as a percentage of the farms overall. There are many reasons for it. Firstly, big companies are buying out small farmers and there’s much less place for them in the business.

Secondly, there’s much more need for the machinery to complete this job. That means that you might not be able to make it as a small farmer since you don’t have enough money needed to purchase these machines. However, there’s also a growing interest in small farms due to the interest in environmental issues.

Big isn’t always better

The average size of the farm in US has become double of what it was in 1996. That’s a huge increase and there are some advantages coming from this fact. First and foremost that means that you’re working in a smaller market. It also means that you get to do things on a much larger scale.

However, this isn’t always better. The environmental impact of these large farms is pretty much devastating and isn’t made for long term sustainability. At the same time, these kinds of farms don’t allow the owners to start new interesting projects.

Monocultures

When you have a lot of large farms, they tend to grow monocultures. That’s less expensive and easier to manage when you’re doing it on such a large scale. There are a few downsides of having these monocultures. Firstly they will damage the soil more than if you change crops over time.

It also affects the market because it creates a monopoly for large farms and that’s something you should offset by having additional small markets that cater to niche needs of your community. There’s also a lot of money to be made in having a small and dedicated market such as this.

Local communities

Small farms can’t be run without a community. Instead they rally on a lot of different people coming together and doing their part so that everyone can benefit from their experience and expertise. This isn’t really the case for large farms.

Even though a large farm takes much more work and on a much larger scale, it requires much less labor since it requires the owners to rally on machinery instead of on the local labor. This change takes a toll on the local community since it takes away jobs.

Diversifying your investment

Investing in a small farm or a couple of them is a great way to diversify your investment. Every investor knows that diversifying investments is the key part to investing since it creates a hedge in case something happens to your plans and one of your investments doesn’t go as you wanted it to.

When you invest in more than one small farm in this way you end up diversifying your income streams. That’s not something that’s an option with large farms since they require much more, early investing than small farms.

Food supply consistency

It may not seem like food supplies are something a modern person needs to worry about – pretty much every item you want could be found locally or shipped to your home. However, when there’s some sort of emergency – usually a natural disaster, things look very differently.

This is something to prepare for in advance. Local and small farms could be a solution to such anxieties because those are the farms you could reach even when there’s a big problem with your local infrastructure. It’s also important for such small farms to make plans for this particular set of circumstances.

Conclusion

There are numerous reasons we need to fund, support and start small farms. The simplest of these is that they are profitable businesses which could prove to be a great investment for those who start them or invest in them. There are also environmental and social reasons to consider since small farms are better for both the ecology and the local communities.

These farms are also a hedge in terms of investing because they can be diversified and target a variety of different customers and markets in general. Small farms are also better for the soil they are used on since they are better suited to changing crops you plant.

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