What is it about farming that is such a draw to human beings? For some, it’s a desire to be closer to nature and experience something real and tangible. Others are drawn to the sense of independence and constant learning opportunities farming provides. Or maybe it’s an answer to a higher calling, like land and animal stewardship, continuing a family legacy, or providing food for a community.
Perhaps you are standing on the outside looking to get into farming? Or maybe you’re on the inside looking for new ways to diversify or expand your farm business? A new online tool, eFarmony, was created with you in mind. With so many potential agricultural enterprises to choose from, how do you determine which one is a fit for you? Utilizing some basic filtering tools, eFarmony helps you narrow down your search. Search by land availability, risk tolerance, equipment availability, mechanical aptitude, labor intensity or marketing skill level.
The tool offers users a chance to evaluate themselves and their preconceived notions of what kind of farmer they are or aspire to be. For best results, filter by one or two of the categories, and explore the enterprise options that come up. Continue to filter by different categories to evaluate the options that appear – the enterprise that is the best fit for you may require a change on your part in terms of your equipment, operation, or skills.
eFarmony is just the first step in exploring new enterprises. To obtain help in researching the cultural requirements of crops, costs associated with entering a new enterprise, and more, connect with your local UW-Madison Division of Extension Agriculture Educator.
Try it out eFarmony and provide your feedback.