Whether you are an established farmer or just starting out, everyone will benefit from having a plan. While an established farm’s planning stage may seem frivolous, it allows for thoughtful decision-making at each stage. Is there a more efficient choice this year? Is there a greener option? What did I learn from last year? How can my family be involved differently this year?
If you’re new to farming, this planning stage will be invaluable. Do your research. Speak to local farmers in the area. See if your local university has an extension office. Ask questions and be ready to listen for the answers to questions you haven’t even thought of yet. Look at each step individually and make the best decision you can with the information given.
In addition, planning allows for an active dialogue for all members involved in the farm. Whether it’s spouses or parents with children, it allows for group involvement. The plan becomes bullet points in a larger conversation. This cooperation will allow for more collective ideas increasing everyone’s excitement and sense of inclusion for the upcoming season. This will increase morale, instills work-ethic in the younger generation, and makes clear any expectations which, honestly, always help.
The plan is a living, breathing document that encourages change and improvement. A plan can be written on a whiteboard and erased while being refined or discussed over a home-cooked meal and later typed up and posted. Whatever your circumstances, a plan is the first step to greater abundance, increased efficiency, and positive change. This open dialogue makes it easier for the family to be part of the farm and keeps everyone on the same page.
Take the time now to make your harvest as successful as it possibly can be. Let your family reap the benefits of your hard work and keep them close as you work together for a better future.
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