If You Want to Get Rich, Become a Farmer
This surprising bit of advice comes from Wall Street investment whiz Jim Rogers. It seems that while the rest of the economy continues to limp along, the farm sector is in something of a boom. According to an article in the July 11, 2011 issue of Time Magazine, while overall economic growth in the country is a disappointing 1.9 percent, net farm income was up 27 percent last year and is expected to increase another 20 percent this year. Source: http://tiny.cc/ddsej
This is a topic that I do not read about too often and that is the idea of farming and getting rich mentioned in the same sentence. Amongst the goals of Yummy Tummy Farms, becoming rich is definitely NOT one of them; however, I may have to recalibrate my goals. The National Gardeners Association Article is mostly about larger-scale farms, but farming on a micro-scale, like I am, makes me wonder if the same economics could apply?
One of the hopes for Yummy Tummy Farms is to convince my neighborhood that eating fresh, locally grown, bio-dynamically grown produce is the best decision for their long-term health. My produce may cost a bit more than Whole Foods and Safeway, but the extra incremental investment in great healthy food now can help keep health problems like obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure away. If I get rich in the process of advocating for local fresh produce then that is just fine with me.