I want to come back to the farm. Now what?

I was born and raised on the farm and when I went to college I was determined to find something else to do with my life. I found a great major in Construction Management at Ohio State University. Upon graduating, I immediately started working for a global construction company building schools in Ohio. What more can you ask for, right?

After six years working in construction, I felt like I was in a rut. I really enjoyed the people I worked with, the company had treated me right, and I had just been promoted to a higher position. But something was missing. I had a restlessness in me especially in the spring and fall months.  

In the spring of 2014, after many conversations with Theresa and my father, we decided to move back home and return to farming. It has been two years since we moved back and I can honestly say that I love what I am doing. I am proud to call myself a farmer.

So you want to be a farmer? Where do you start? Well you need to start by having meaningful conversations with your family or the owner/operator of the farm you are interested in. Be prepared to listen and make sacrifices; most farming operations were not set up overnight and they probably will not change overnight either. Use the resources available to you, there are many young/new farming grants, loans, and training out there that are specifically targeted towards young/new farmers. Most of all remember why you wanted to do this in the first place.

This website from Farm Journal might be of help.

Read more from the Corcoran’s in their blogs “Tell Your Story,” and “Starting a County YAP group.”

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