“Farming as a business is a wonderful lifestyle; farming as a lifestyle is a horrible business” – Anonymous
It has been a month since I started being a “deplorable” and I have come up with the following alternatives for moving on until retirement.
Alternative 1 – Active green entrepreneurship
Alternative 2 – Start small while holding a job
Alternative 3 – Get back into the rat race for 5 to 10 more years
Alternative 4 – Hibernate in PH for good
After doing a feasibility study of commercial greenhouse production, one of the green venture options, I can say that the first alternative is now down the drain. The three main obstacles are:
- It is capital intensive (a huge no)
- It is heavily regulated (you need to tell the government what is in the water you feed your plants)
- You have to beg the government to give you an allocation to produce. (whaaaaat?)
I have also been scanning the farming community and it looks like this industry is already saturated. I tried looking for Crown Land to rent but there weren’t any more good spots. And the bureaucrats managing the Crown Land system weren’t very receptive despite the very nice, democratic, user friendly website that they created.
There were also no small private land for lease, only huge ones for more than 100 acres. There are a lot of land for sale and the numbers dwarf the number of land for lease by a ratio of 100:1. It seems like everyone is just looking for a fast buck and real estate sale is the way to go and not farming.
So yeah, I would call it – “The Green Rat Race”. And the reason this is worse than the office rat race is because the pay-out/benefit is far less. No wonder very few people are going into farming. A lot of millennials are engaging in it and make it look hip but that is probably because they still have the physical ability and they don’t have much to lose.
So, I am left with Alternative 2 – Start small while holding a job & Alternative 3 – Get back to the office rat race for 5 to 10 more years.
Alternative 4 – Hibernating to PH, is still pretty much in the mix because I just found out that doing nothing in PH feels a lot better than doing nothing in Calgary. And it is a lot cheaper too. And even a lot safer as well, because in PH, if people attack you, it is for a reason and they do it frontal. In Calgary, some people could attack you in the most subtle and underhanded way for the simple reason that you look different.