I have farmed vegetables, herbs and flowers with my focuses being medicinals and cut heirloom flowers. In my experience living a financially sustainable lifestyle is to produce items with added value. I desire to start a cut flower farm. The number one market is weddings. I would like a space I could eventually hold workshops for those interested in learning floral design or DIY brides. Who knows-maybe even a wedding venue for couples looking for that rustic feel. My longer term goal if the land was organic would be to also have raspberries. They have a high price and the added value products of jam, shrubs, as well as selling to local restaurants etc. I do have some training in what it takes to make a farm certified organic. Between flowers and berries there's an opportunity to make bees quite happy. Honey is another great added value product to have on the market.
Although I have certain ideas of what to grow ideally the space would also be a sustainable, organic close loop farm. I took a step back from farming after getting burnt out of the poverty that came with being a farm hand. I spent years work trading farm labor for rent. I'd be open to that kind of arrangement again if I still had to opportunity to work part time somewhere else to make money. I'm currently working on a business plan that I can use to apply to grants so I can one day have my own operations even if it is small and not my main source of income. I want to live my life connected to land and connect others to it as well.