What do I need to do in order to start a career in organic farming?

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Hi everyone, and thank you in advance for your help.
I am in my mid 20′s and currently working at a nursery in Florida. I have personal experience in raising chickens for meat and egg production and I breed New Zealand Rabbits for meat and fur as well. I grow my own produce but it is in my yard and on a very small scale and I would like to transition into organic farming as a business. I have a passionate interest in this field and I am aware of the commitment and work / labor that is involved. I know that there is a million things that I need to learn and exerpeince in person however, I do not know how to get started. For some reason my mind is overwhelmed with questions and ideas and I need some direction. I have no certifications, degrees, or specal training as of right now and my credit is unestablished, so basically bad and I don’t think I’d be able to get any loans at the moment. If schooling is what I need or if there are any training programs out there that you might recommend then that could help and if not then maybe a book?
I guess a shorter question would be, what steps do I need to take in order to get from the average and unexperienced (in farming) retail employee, to the owner of my own organic farm / market?
Thank you again for your time and help, I really appreciate it.

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Paula

Here is the answer I just gave someone else –
you don’t say if you are male or female – but the advice still applies. ::

With the price of fertilizer above $ 1000 per ton, most farmers are at least considering organic farming.

In Australia it is above $ 2000 per ton.

So buying 50 tons is a significant cost ($ 100,000). And that is the prospect facing farmers the world over…

I assume you don’t own a farm ??

Then honestly, the way to break into farming, is to marry a farmer.

Then you can make (or share the decisions) about running the farm.

So I’d suggest you get involved in farm conferences. Go along and look for bachelors / widowers.

$ $ $ $ ^^^^%%%%

as for acquiring farm to market savvy.
That’s going to require one or more trips to the market place to see the buyers in person. Often a product (eg honey, apricots) has an agent who does all the buying from the farmers.

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