Many people think one has to own land in order to farm. The opposite is true however, as Joel Salatin points out in his newest book Fields of Farmers. "...the main thing we need to remember is that you don't have to own land; all you need is a piece of land to control." Most people don't know that approximately 40 percent of farmland in the US is not owned by the farmer or operator who actually works the land. For a beginning farmer like me, there are many advantages to renting over owning. Those include flexibility of location, affordability, and freedom from worrying about property ownership issues, which allows one to focus energy on actual farming.
It might sound funny, but even after signing the lease, it's hard to believe that this one-acre parcel is open for me to begin operations. I've been thinking and planning for so long, it's almost become a habit. Now it's time for thoughts to give way to actions.
We're ready to move the operation, and get our house back!