How to Begin Your Farm Search

How to Begin Your Farm Search
Before reading the farm descriptions, take a moment to think about

  • “What am I looking for in a farm experience?”
  • Type of farm? Vegetable, fruit, maple syrup, dairy, flowers, livestock, etc.?
  • Size/scale of farm? Number of acres in cultivation or number of animals raised?
  • Work style? machinery, people powered, draft animals, etc.?
  • How does the farm market and sell their produce/product? Farm stand, farmers’ markets, community supported agriculture (CSA), wholesale, etc.?
  • Animals? Kinds of animals and role on farm? 
  • Farm setting? Rural or close to city?
  • Specific topics that you are interested in learning more about?

The questions above bring up some (though, not all) of the important points to consider when exploring working on a farm. Your answers to these questions can be a starting point in helping you determine which farms to contact. While your answers may change after viewing the farm profiles and seeing what is available, it’s important to begin thinking about what you are looking for in a farm experience.