My son has shown interest in being a farmer, and his school district doesn't offer agriculture courses or FFA anymore, so I've been on the hunt for online courses for him. However, the luck hasn't been good. Any ideas guys?
this board's slow as shit, no need to bump.
here's my suggestion
I'm taking Ag and Hort classes at my local community college. How old is he? I would recommend starting a small raised bed vegetable garden in your backyard. It could be a really cool learning and bonding experience for yall
don't bother, whether you do courses or actually go to school for it makes no difference, it's both lacking in technical analysis and realism.
go to a farmer that has years of experience, you'll learn more that way.
either way you need naturalist Intelligence for it, learning to understand how thinks work isn't as good as understanding them instinctively.
and please don't start with shitty raised beds and do something like a hugelkultur instead.
unless your aim is to be average or below.
Who needs a course, its not like you need a degree to be hired as a farmer.
Just torrent relevant texts that cover the topics he's interested in.
Go on amazon, find a textbook that suites you, and then go on http://gen.lib.rus.ec/ and download it for free.
Other than that, if you're looking for something that takes more of a lecture format, check out websites like udemy and other online course websites.
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,your just in Time!, Classtarts on February 2!
,,Feb 2 is general inroll date,, and they MUST take you First. USA USA!, maybe learning Fieldwork ,unless, you have Driverslicense,, then you get 15$hour learning, "Tractor Husbandry".
,,, and that raised bedstuff??, MILES of it,, allorganic!
just a 5 minute bike ride to "home, BLM., Check that Highmeadow east of Yerington!, "Home!
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, theres also an Actual extension of UNR here for that Booky feel.
,,, Warn him abouthe dangers of the KIT KAT Brothel,, HOT babes!, pricey drinks,, fully tested and run by LyonSheriffs. never a trap.
but why Bike? when you can,, FURY ROAD!! WITNESSSLUT!
,, thats right, if you can startit,, you can Driveit!(on BLM), dogsled? GO!, horse? GO!,,tanks? goslow., flameing triengine turbo batmobile with spikes?? GO ! GO! GOOO!
,, for saftey concerns, the flameing part, should be curtailed in brushy areas.
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That's officially the dumbest thing I've read on out. Holy shit. Really? You have any idea how many farmers in the US would be totally fucked if they needed degrees? I live in a rural southern state and most farmers here barely graduate high school before inheriting their parents farm land and doing what they were raised to.
50, days, till spring!
,,,50,,Bonus prep days! HAnds UP!,, streeeEEETCH!,
,can you guess the rainfall to come?, what will the price of onions be?,, can lawyers stop the flow of Ag pumps?,,, can you shoot a lawyer at 100 yards?, soil status?
, Anywho,, first year lesson is, Weeding, bugs and dripline fun.
,second year lesson is, Purchasing farm,, with moneys from first year.
It might be a good idea to learn a bit about unconventional farming as well.
Jobs,, exces jobs.
,,, and Farmy Law lets you camp in Whatever you bring or build.
, or, Just Camp BLM!
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sheep here,, are bred, to a diffeerent standard., docile in bed while maintaining an elfish gleem in the eyes .
,, OK! what needs to upgrade?, justo thin?,,neck length?
,,, its a small race,, i "BlueRibbon Squash",,, i guess were the special olympics, of Farmy.
Why not let him work on a farm? It's hard work but if he's okay with that everything else will come naturally.
My brothers and I worked on a farm in the summers so my parents didn't have to pay for a babysitter... such is life in WI.
don't listen to this guy
If you don't already have land it will be hard for sure however not impossible, I have just bought a small farm in Wales, like your son it was my dream to have a farm, I grew up in the countryside but my parents moved to the city when I was young teenager, always wanted to return, so went after high paying job instead of the agro courses and lived a very cheap life, fast forward 10 years and I own my farm, its hard and long road but holy shit am I happy.
Do listen to that guy because I am fucking right. I've grown up watching my family pretend to be farmers. If you don't own land,your boy will never be a farmer. Somewhere down the line your family may become farmers,but for now your boy will never be one.
There is nothing wrong with not being a farmer, i've been a farm hand since I was in middle school. It is hard brutal work, you destroy your body, and the pay sucks.
Meanwhile my uncle is a fucking school teacher who will tell anyone within earshot about his "farm" and will invite you over on the weekend to see him dressed up in overalls and muckboots while feeding his milk goats. As much as I hate people like him, he really is doing it right. He has never stood on the back of a hay rack in 105F weather, his livelihood isn't tied to the weather, and he still gets to post on Facebook about how much of a "farmer" he is.
>your boy will never make a farmer
>your boy will live in or slightly above poverty trying to get enough land to live off of
>your boy will destroy his body chasing a fools dream
>your boy CAN be a "farmer"
>your boy CAN own a "farm"
>your boy CAN live a good life without killing himself along the way
Buy him a cow and till up a small garden.
If you don't think putting in 10 years of effort to follow a dream is worth it then so be it, however I did and was well worth it now sitting cozy with 48 hectares of mixed grazing(sheep) and crop land, with enough in investments to not worry too much. Some people aren't cut out to follow their dreams I guess.
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,, what im saying is anyone can just go out and start Farmy., may not pay for CRAP!, but you can start cutting your food bill and eating better.
,,a "Real" farmer has Lawyers, Farmhands, drivers, meteoroligists, hydrologists, dentists, doctors, politicians, statisticians, jesters......etc. on the payroll.
, Big Farmy mind is OVERLOAD!
,,,, small farm is heaven.
The Martian,, gets it easy on Mars, growing potatos.
,,,Try HardMODE!, Nevada.
>KIT KAT Brothel
a bastion of Debauchery!!,, cleanat a fair price.,
,,LAST weekend!, almostime to Putup, or just stay home another year.,
,,, sure you can work harvest,, but Spring is where the fun starts., and it starts soon.,
,howill your farm Gamble?, plant for drought?,,ride the purple carrots craze?, fuel price low?,, water?,,,,WATER?????!
do, "position applied for>All".
bring your camera.,,
, gethe shoots i cant.,, deepunderground, in the Hugh caverns, HUGH!,, rocky steep gorges bristling with Quartz., the high medows full of antelope.
,,, my pics dontalk of the true /out/ here.
,isolated feeling?,then bug Out to Tahoe,, for a show!,, KitKats is on the way home., What? , just a drink!, i swear.,mmmm Dem Tittys!
a response, to the endless,,>NOLIFE threads.
,,Farmy!, you may have to, fly in PIC.
Hireing season is short,,, and Early!
,, NOW! is the time to Apply.
,,, 10$ hourstart weeding., 15$ driver.,, 100$ Photographer< OOPS, too late! MYJOB!!
Look into permaculture. It's a a form of sustainable agriculture that can be done on any scale. There's a few courses out there, and a growing community who are very eager to share information. Alternatively he could take a horticulture based course. Farming is just horticulture on a large scale, the crop side of it anyway. Learn how to grow plants and your half way to becoming a farmer. He can also use this to make a decent living and save up for a mortgage with some land. There are lots of non farming horticulture jobs anywhere you go. If he can get a government job in something like a parks department he could even make a pretty decent living before starting his farm.
Good let these annons bring your hopes for your boy down. If he's determined he'll find a way
Avoid horses at all costs unless you're comfortable with, at best, making even on your investments. There is next to no money in keeping them if they're yours, and there's more profitable things to do with empty pasture than board other people's animals.
Of course if you've been bit by the equestrian bug then you're going to get some because you want them, regardless of whether or not they'll make any money. And there's nothing wrong with that. But from a business perspective, horses are not worth it.