Every year, it seems like more and more people are building chicken coops, selling their fruits and vegetables, and turning their backyards into full-fledged farming operations. Why have hobby farms gained so much popularity in the past years? Everyone has a different reason for picking up agriculture as a pastime. That said, there are a few enriching qualities that give hobby farming a fairly universal appeal. From creating a more active lifestyle to the adorable animals you keep, here are three rewarding benefits of starting a hobby farm.
Running a hobby farm takes work. You will spend many hours outside working with animals and tending to gardens. This is a great way to fit more outdoor time and physical activity into your routine. There are few things more satisfying than a good day’s work out in the fresh air and sunshine. If you’re looking for a pastime that lends itself to an active lifestyle, then a hobby farm could be perfect for you.
Of course, one of the most rewarding benefits of starting a hobby farm is the fresh produce can collect. Fill your kitchen with fruits, vegetables, and herbs straight from the garden. Collect raw honey, nutrient-packed goat milk, or farm-fresh eggs to store or sell at your leisure. The foods you collect from your hobby farm will prove far better than their store-bought counterparts. For example, farm-fresh eggs have many benefits over eggs from commercial farms. The fresh products will be richer and more nutritious. Plus, you have a guarantee that every product from your farm is natural, local, and organic.
Participating in the Community
Do you enjoy attending community events? Do you like getting to know your neighbors better? A hobby farm is a great way to get more involved in your community. You can sell your goods at the local farmers’ market and make friends with regular vendors and shoppers. Excess fruits and vegetables straight from the garden are also a great gift to take to your neighbors. If you have livestock such as chickens or goats on your farm, you can even hold tours or invite the neighborhood kids over to meet the animals. With some hard work and friendly interactions, your hobby farm can quickly build a reputation as an interesting and beneficial part of your community.