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BobTheFarmer

  • Joined Jul 2017
Future Cornish Farmer
« on: July 16, 2017, 10:19:17 pm »
Hello all  :)

I've been lurking here for a while, I'm based in West Cornwall and have dreamed of having a farm since I was a kid.  I grew up in the middle of the Somerset levels a few hundred meters from a poultry and sheep farm owned by a friends family so experienced a lot when I was young but very little since then.

My partner and I are still in the planning stages and looking for land, we're quite ambitious so looking for around 30 acres for a substantial smallholding capable of supporting our family for generations.

I've greatly enjoyed reading this forum so far and will weigh in with lots of stupid questions!

mapahutchins

  • Joined Jul 2017
  • Helston, Cornwall
  • Family starting out on a small holding adventure
Re: Future Cornish Farmer
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2017, 01:25:17 pm »
Hello neighbour.

Good luck with your quest for land.

 :farmer:

Rosemary

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
    • The Accidental Smallholder
Re: Future Cornish Farmer
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2017, 02:56:53 pm »
Welcome to TAS and good luck with the venture  :wave:

Backinwellies

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  • Joined Sep 2012
  • Llandeilo Carmarthenshire
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Re: Future Cornish Farmer
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2017, 03:26:43 pm »
Hi and welcome.  :wave:

Not sure what your plans entail but 30 acres is a substantial smallholding.(same size as ours) .. however  the extent to  which that would 'support' a family is limited unless you have very niche ideas.  (we both work elsewhere to pay the bills and support the smallholding currently!)
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SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
Re: Future Cornish Farmer
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2017, 03:40:24 pm »
Hi there from NE Cornwall :wave:

We run a 32-acre holding here for our community of 21 adults and 9 children.  It's a good lifestyle, but it's a *lot* of work, and whilst we produce a lot of our own food, we're nowhere near self-sufficient.
Don't listen to the money men - they know the price of everything and the value of nothing

BobTheFarmer

  • Joined Jul 2017
Re: Future Cornish Farmer
« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2017, 09:37:23 pm »
Thanks for all the nice comments :)

I'm planning on using camping/glamping to generate substantial revenue and to retail produce wherever produce.  Both me and my fianc√© have quite a lot of experience in this area.  We both have extensive customer service backgrounds and I ran a lot of market stalls and mobile bars in my last job.

I also happen to have a solid career in alcoholic beverages... there are many ways to grow ingredients that can be fermented and sold at healthy profit margins... especially if you happen to own a drinking establishment or two... the first 7000 litres of cider is tax free!

I have always seen smallholding as an opportunity to have lots of small money making schemes that support each other and are fun and not too time consuming individually.  I also see some opportunities for smallholders to team up and co-operate to provide a range of products/services with each smallholding specialising.

 

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