How can you be so sure that your dream is to open a farm if the only time you saw one of them was a paying restaurant customer?
Needless to make fun of yourself. The only way to understand if such an important choice as opening a farm is what you really want is direct experience.
Nothing could be simpler.
Whether you live in the city or in the country, you will surely know a farmer, a relative, an agricultural entrepreneur, someone who has been working the land for years and is willing to be helped by you.
Do not you know anyone?
Well, start looking for him.
Do you live far away and you do not know how to reach it?
Well, reach it anyway, working the land requires sacrifice.
You work all week and you do not have time?
Do not talk nonsense, everyone has free days, at least one a week.
Do not you want to waste your only free day, to go to work the land, maybe getting up at dawn?
Very well, you’ve already figured out by yourself that opening a farm is not for you.
Do not blame it, it’s better to find out before signing the mortgage with the bank.
Do you always work, even on Sundays and you only have two weeks of vacation a year?
Well, you already know the answer.
If you do not work, maybe you’re young and have free time, why not try a nice outdoor experience?
You do not need money but only will and desire to do.
With the famous wwofing.
Working in exchange for food and accommodation is a free way to learn the trade, gain experience and understand if life as an agricultural entrepreneur is the life you desire.
Or contact the farms in the area directly to ask if they need workers. Some useful sites:
OPEN FARM: TAKE THE FIRST STEPS
If you have reached this point in the article I take it for granted that you are now aware of the sacrifices required to work the land, manage animals etc. etc.
I take it for granted that you have gained direct experience in the field and you are not totally without knowledge.
After all, you are still convinced that your dream is to open a farm.
Very well, let’s see how to do it, the legislation of reference and who to contact for help and advice in the first person.
The starting point is undoubtedly the entrepreneurial idea to be pursued.
The business project must have both feasibility and innovation characteristics.
A young person who tries to look out on the agricultural market will probably have the potential to have an innovative idea to realize in a concrete business project.
At the end of the article I will list a series of ideas to start up your own farm.
Once the agricultural idea to be developed is clear, the analysis phase will start : study of the climatic, physical and chemical characteristics of the territory, possible study of the competition and analysis of the likely sales outlets of the product.
This aspect should never be underestimated.
Think of the uselessness of producing excellent agricultural products but not having a real market outlet.
After verifying the feasibility of the project, it will be time to pass the facts creating the farm itself and trying to access funding for the development of the agricultural enterprise.
To get all the information you need to contact the offices of Coldiretti and inquire for the necessary procedure to access regional, Italian and European funds.
To deepen the discussion, you can consult some resources on the net.
Whatever your intentions, gather as much information as possible. Take part in meetings on the topic, attend farms, and above all read my ebook