Some people when they think of farming, think only of food as the business. So if they don’t want to grow food to sell, they give up on their farm dream altogether.
But they could be missing out, because there are lots of other farm-related businesses they might have great skills in and could pursue.
On the other hand, some people do jump into these other businesses from the get-go, because these types of businesses are often easier to start on a farm than growing food.
So what are some of these other farm businesses? Here’s a quick list:
- Workshops: A farm can be a great space to set up woodshops or workshops for metal, fabrication, etc. Some people make low-batch custom products like tables, art, etc.
- Hosting guests: Of course, a farm can make for a scenic, relaxation location for wellness retreats, Airbnb, etc.
- Events: Some folks rent out their farm space for events like kids camps, weddings, or team-building days.
- Farm-to-table events and farm tours: There’s a growing interest where people want to know where their food comes from, and they want to connect with local farms. So hosting farm-to-table events and farm tours can be a great way to provide that opportunity for them while making some income.
- Remote work: These days, there’s lots of jobs that people do remotely. The farm just becomes a nice place to have your headquarters and work out of. We even know of some folks who set up their recording studio on a farm!
For folks who want to get on farms but don’t want to be farmers, these are just a few options to consider.
What did we miss? Let us know in the comments what other opportunities are out there for doing a farm business that doesn’t actually involve farming!