The Best Way to Start Farming

  • I run a small-ish ranch in Virginia with one full-time employee (me) and a half-dozen people working a day or two a week, and doing about $300K/year in sales.
  • The farm is profitable, pays a minimum wage of $20/hour, and provides me with nearly a full-time living.
  • It was a very, very difficult journey to get here (I talk about this journey in detail in my book, accessible through Patreon)
  • I’m writing this essay to spare you as much pain as…



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Chris Newman

Chris Newman


Building a new, accessible, open, and democratic food economy in the Chesapeake Bay region @ Sylvanaqua Farms