To farm or not to farm that is the question!

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by call ducks, Nov 21, 2012.

  1. call ducks

    call ducks silver appleyard addict

    Mar 4, 2009
    waterville , canada
    I am in grade 11 and I really should decide what path I would like to take... It well determine if I stay in high school for an extra year...

    I am really debating farming! But then I am also thinking about doing some thing in plant sciences. Ugh I do not know if I want to farm or what. I do not know that working in a stupid office is not for me! I say I must have fadd ( Farming Attention Depfactite Disorder! Lol) and hate sitting at school!

    I like the idea of working for myself sometimes lol. But then I think that it would be a comment net and I would not be able to take much time off.

    Then I think working for the government would be awesome! Our research stations in Canada are awesome! Dunno what to do.

    I hate decsiosons!!!!!
  2. punk-a-doodle

    punk-a-doodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2011
    Most people never know what they are going to do when they grow up, including grown-ups. Careers, jobs, and goals commonly shift through life and resemble a maze of footpaths rather than an arrow-straight highway. Researching and exploring the future is good, but best when tempered with flexibility. I grew up being told that college means a good job and is for everyone. It does not and is not, though it does carry other benefits. Both my private college double major husband and my private college double major self have found that community college and certifications versus degrees are what are getting us towards what we want to do, and are easier on the wallet no less. We can also work while we learn with much more ease.

    What kind of farming do you want to do? That will change the directions you life takes. For us, we want to get into small scale, sustainable farming. We are both getting into the IT field because it offers us the financial security many farmers are finding is no longer there, and the chance to work from home and/or for ourselves. Similar jobs like editing seem to be increasing amongst new generations of farmers for these reasons and more. Course, that can change to, and we will have to change with it. Real estate would be an example of a career that did not pan out like many were expecting.
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2012

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Sep 27, 2012
    Oh tuff choice! I think it would be cool for you to start your own farm!
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2012
  4. call ducks

    call ducks silver appleyard addict

    Mar 4, 2009
    waterville , canada
    I well be going to a uni if I got to post secondary, only because the province sold the collage to a uni. Right now if I go to uni it well be a BsC in agricultre focusing in plant sciences. The. I could major in plant breeding, genetics, physiologee(sp?) etc..
    Not sure what type of a farm I would like to run if I go that route
  5. cupman

    cupman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2011
    Portland, OR
    I would finish high school, maybe you'll have time to further explore your options over the next year.
  6. mickey328

    mickey328 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2012
    Northern Colorado
    No matter what you ultimately choose to do, a high school diploma will be an asset. I strongly recommend finishing; it's only another year and you can see if you can find work on a farm somewhere for the weekends; that'll give you a good idea of what farming's like.

    Any time you work for yourself, you put in more hours than being an "employee" somewhere. You also have a lot more responsibilities, and will have a lot of decisions to make :) It's also very satisfying but it's a LOT of hard work.

    I know how you just want to get ON with it, but try to be have an awful lot of years ahead of you and nothing is written in stone. You might end up working at a a research station (I agree, there are a lot of totally awesome ones), and then later make a switch to something else.

    Hang in there, bud...1 more year; get your won't regret it...I promise. When you get to be an "oldster" like me, you don't regret the things you did nearly as much as the things you didn't do when you had the chance :)
  7. mom'sfolly

    mom'sfolly Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 15, 2007
    Austin area, Texas
    Farming is a business, even if it is running a small farm to sustain yourself. Education about business topics as well as soil science, etc are going to be very helpful if you want to farm. Buying a farm is also going to require capital. You might want to sit down and figure out what assets you need in terms of money, education, training, land, start up costs, etc for which ever route you decide to go. These will help you make the choice. You might also want to set up the pros and cons of each route. As Punk said, you might need a paying job to support a farming habit. That might be a factor in deciding how much more schooling you need. Even when I was a kid, a small farm required an outside job to make it a supporting venture.
  8. call ducks

    call ducks silver appleyard addict

    Mar 4, 2009
    waterville , canada
    Ohh yes, i know i all ready have a small farm, market garden about 2.5 acres. I bring in 4500+ per season (june-oct.31) from just a small market stand. Grampy used to be a farmer and has about ~25 acres left that i am sure he would be more then willing to let me farm on.
  9. RhodeRunner

    RhodeRunner Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2009
    Ashtabula, Ohio
    Is there a way you can get your high school diploma, while providing you the freedom to farm at the same time? Perhaps, homeschooling or a Cyber school? I finished my last year with the PA Cyber School system. I worked on my school work for a couple of hours a day, or a couple of days a week. It takes some self discipline, but it saves a great deal of time.
  10. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    Finish High School, get your diploma and THEN worry about what to do

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