You can't go wrong starting with this step. If you're new to farming, learn everything you can about it within the time you have.
An important part of starting your farm business is defining what it will be. Do you want to have a micro-scale vegetable farm? Do you plan to grow acres of hay for other farmers? Maybe you want to have a diversified farm - a small-scale operation that grows a variety of animals and crops.
Take a look at how you can get your business off the ground with some starter ideas, such as starting a chicken broiler business, egg business, alternative crop, or pick-your-own farm.
Within a 50-mile or so radius of your farm, you may find about half a dozen farmers' markets. Most often, the markets are staggered through the week, so that farmers can sell at multiple markets.
CSA shares (community-supported agriculture) are a great way to sell directly from the farm to the customer in a more structured way than a farm stand.
You can use the Internet to your advantage to market your small farm. Savvy consumers who want to find local, fresh produce and other farm goods are seeking those items online.
This type of farm focuses on raising animals for milk. The milk can then be used to make other dairy products like yogurt and cheese. Most large dairy farms raise dairy cows, but some artisanal dairy farms may raise sheep or goats.
Most poultry farms raise chickens and turkeys for meat consumption, but some raise chicken for eggs.
This is a type of farm that produces only enough food to feed the family with little or no surplus.