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my dream is to travel to different farms and spend some time doing what other farmers do, then eventually settle and start my own market garden, mushroom farm goat homestead, which certificate will help me the most? I only got going on construction because the money is great but its at the expense of resources and building huge buildings. I'm really interested in natural building and just plain ol farming. I'd like to somehow save up enough to do some traveling, and I'm having trouble doing it because I only make 11 an hour and I end up buying instruments instead of saving. thanks for y'alls help!
 
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I like the idea of each for 6months of the year.
Doing winter construction in the deserts of Phoenix, AZ,
Summer farming in fertile Upstate New York.

Farming as a income source is 80% about 'commission-sales' and only 20% about good old farming.

In a ideal world I would love to see everyone by age 29 in a
zero mortgage fully owned,
self built solar powered home,
and onsite food production for owner (Homestead)
with 6 month income generating market garden (Farmstead).
followed by 3 month contract/consultant work doing trade (Tax season accountant, Database/Email server migration, Electrician, etc,etc).
3 month vacation/mini-retirement (Travelling/fishing/art/craft/continuing education/volunteering).
 
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S Bengi wrote:
In a ideal world I would love to see everyone by age 29 in a
zero mortgage fully owned,
self built solar powered home,
and onsite food production for owner (Homestead)
with 6 month income generating market garden (Farmstead).



Umm, if "everyone" is growing their own food, who are they selling their "market garden" produce to?
 
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They really make very little money from selling their farm produce.
It is really just an excuse to gossip. And to get rid of the excess that they have.
And a bit like a pageant to show off who has the best blue ribbon landrace mushroom, herb, squash, most potent weed/herb, etc.
And then to share/sell the seeds/cutting so that others can add said genetics to their landrace.

Again they mostly make their money (80%) from activities other than farming related.
And then there will always been accidents where even though you are farming you had a lost this year, and maybe the next year you have a HUGE harvest.
So while the avg/median is 20%, it would most likely vary by year.
 
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