We all know what a farm is, and that it is no joke to be in charge of one. While the farm life can be both hard work and rewarding, there's one kind of farm that really is just for fun: the hobby farm. And in our ever busier lives, the number of people setting one up is on the rise. However, one of the most common questions asked by those setting up a hobby farm is what are the best hobby farm animals to populate your new project? Firstly, congratulations on starting in exactly ..
If you've ever thought about ditching the endless driving-to-work traffic jams and mindless 9 am clock-ins, you're not alone. It's a lovely thought, but there are actually plenty of people who have thrown in the towel, embraced the sniff of fresh country air and kept paying the bills with an all-new and totally fulfilling lifestyle. How did they do it? They started a small farm. It's not as out of reach as it sounds. The Department of Primary Industries in Victoria reports that no fewer t..
Perhaps no industry has gone through the enormous range of changes that farming has over the years. Initially, everyone farmed in a small way: it was growing at least some food for the family or starve – meat was often a treat, saved for special occasions or the rich. Co-operative farming ventures and wealthy landlords saw farms grow and become profitable, able to focus on food crops that brought in the biggest return on investment. From there farming diversified massively. Subsistence..
After a long, sweaty, stressful commute at the end of another hectic yet predictable day at the desk, it's very easy to think there might be another way. And there just might be. A growing number of Australians are toying with the idea of buying a small farm that can be affordable and profitable whilst offering a completely different way of life. So if your dream is of the starriest of starry nights and the freshest of fresh air, a small farm could be just for you. But to ensure it will make mon..