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How do I get involved in lifestyle farming?

I am interested in getting started in lifestyle farming as a possible career path considering the dismal job market and the need for food. I am an unemployed grad school graduate (32 swm) whose major was librarianship. I live in Southern NJ and have zero experience in farming. Are there any books on lifestyle farming I can read up on? Any reliable websites? Anyone I can talk to?

Asked By: Chris - 1/19/2010
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Answered By: Ohiorganic - 1/20/2010
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GULP! How about taking up underwater welding or astronaut training? I'm not trying to be nasty. That's the sort of jump you're talking about here. With no background in hands-on farming, you're already 20 years behind the learning curve. You can do it, but you're going to have to be VERY diligent and work very hard... More
Answered By: SLA - 1/19/2010
 
I do farm work via the WWOOF scheme in UK there is a USA equivalent http://www.wwoofusa.org/ in exchange for relatively easy farm work you get fed and housed on a working farm. The place I am at now was bought by a couple about 10 years back, they were new to farming and sure they made mistakes, but so does everyone... More
Answered By: a tao - 1/19/2010
 
marry a farmers daughter and read a good book by the fire!! Good luck!!
Answered By: happygirl - 1/19/2010
 
Really... this career path is not something you can just jump into. If you really want to get into it, I would suggest an agriculture school. That or becoming a farmhand. Farming is something you learn through experience, its an art that is becoming less and less popular in the US. I wish you good luck though. Its... More
Answered By: ohnojo - 1/19/2010
 
Teaching anyone from New Jersey to farm is like teaching a Guido gorilla to write Shakespeare. You should work at a fish market instead.
Answered By: aaron - 1/19/2010
 
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