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How to know when to stop

publication date: Jun 1, 2019
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One grower's experience with winding down the farm

This article is the second of a two-article series on leaving farming. Both authors have recently stopped operating or scaled down their farms. They felt that, despite there being a wealth of good materials on starting up and operating a small farm, there is very little in the way of case studies and information available for producers who might be considering the hard choice of leaving farming as a full time job.

Two years ago, it became inescapable that we wanted to get out of farming full-time. We were running a 235-member CSA, had four employees, a two-year-old child, and never enough time. My wife was working part time at the local library and we had no child care. We had been operating our CSA farm for seven years. After renting land for five of those years we purchased our own property and made long-term investments in a greenhouse, irrigation well, buildings and equipment.

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