Usually, when people think of farming, they think of very developed pieces of land. They think that all the trees have been taken care of.
They think that the land is perfectly leveled for farming. They also assume that there is a tremendous amount of irrigation resources around.
Believe it or not, there are farm spots located throughout the United States and Canada that are completely wild. When you go there, there’s no level land.
When you go there, there are wild trees and shrubs all over the place. In fact, you can’t even make it a few feet forward without hacking your way through.
Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to use some sort of machete, but it really is quite a struggle to move forward because there’s just so much vegetation.
Now, a lot of people are under the impression that this is a bad thing. They see this and they turn around and run away. They’d rather buy an operating farm.
I can see where they’re coming from because when you buy an operating farm, you just need to change the crops, change the equipment, and you’re good to go. In fact, in many cases, you buy the equipment, so there’s really not much mystery there.
Well, when you buy a wild patch, it’s good news and bad news. First the good news. You save a tremendous amount of money because there is absolutely no improvement.
You’re going to have to put in the work, but you save a lot of money. We’re talking about cents on the dollar.
For example, if you’re going to be buying a typical farm layout which would set you back a few million dollars for a bank financing for several dozen hectares, you can get the same area of land for less than $1 million. This is unheard of.
Remember that farmers take out loans. So it’s typical for a farmer to take out loans of $5 million or less.
The bank loan is structured in such a way that after enough production cycles pass, the farmer pays off the loan. That’s how much money farmers can make in the United States. But all bets are off when it comes to a wild patch.
It was a challenge when I bought my wild patch. I didn’t level the land. I didn’t impose my will on it so that it became unrecognizable.
Instead, I worked with the land. I worked with its topography, I worked with its water resources, and now, it’s producing food in a completely natural way without me tilling or breaking a sweat.
I know that sounds too good to be true, but do me a big favor. Read up on permaculture. I used permaculture technologies and strategies to turn a wild patch into a productive and, yes, profitable farm.
It can be done. It just takes vision. It definitely takes hard work, and it takes willingness to defy convention.
One of the ways that I defied convention was when I make money through hunting. Basically, I grant licenses to private hunters to go on my land and shoot wild pigs. I stocked my land with wild pigs.
Now, this was not easy because I live in Texas and there are serious issues with wild pig overpopulation. But if you have proper precautions set in your farm, you can maintain a population of wild pigs.
So the farm not only pays for itself, which means I don’t have to worry about the loan, but it actually makes a lot more money in excess of that. It really all boils down to being equipped with the right knowledge and equipment.
If you are thinking of farming a wild patch, you definitely need to read Huntspot because this blog for hunters gives you the inside scoop on what you need to design into your wild patch farm so you can make money through hunting licensing and fees.