So You Want To Be a Farmer...

So You Want To Be a Farmer…

Many small farms take in apprentices or interns (a largely semantic distinction) for a growing season. According
 to Thistlethwaite, this is an all but mandatory step in your farm journey. And not just for one season. She suggests apprenticing for three to four years before you even consider starting your own farm. This will not only provide a basic knowledge base, but also ensure that farming is something you enjoy. “[Apprenticing] is gut check time,” she says. “It gives you the chance to ask yourself: ‘Is this really who I am?’”

The author apprentices on a farm for a season and learns that farming is hard work and risky.

I am already certain I don't want to be a farmer. An apprenticeship sounds kind of fun, though.

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