How much can my organic farm earn?

This is a question that’s asked (or in people’s minds) almost every time we have a conversation with them. Every one has heard that agriculture is unpredictable and difficult to turn a profit on and no one knows what to expect.

It’s a virtually impossible question to answer when you are starting out on your farm, because it depends on so many unpredictable things.

  • How interested are you and how involved will YOU personally be?
  • How much do you know about growing and how much time can you give to learn?
  • What style of agriculture are you planning to adopt – there are so many different ways that you can choose to grow.
  • What do you want to grow, and how conducive is your climate to growing?
  • What kind of land do you have, and how much will it need to be adapted to grow what you want to grow?
  • What’s your farm business model going to be – just selling produce or will you have other ways to monetise your farm?
  • What are your manpower costs going to be, this depends a lot on your location?
  • How complicated are the logistics of getting your produce to markets? How often can you afford to go there?
  • Are you selling your produce directly, or via an intermediary? How much of your profit are they “taking away”?
  • Are supporting agriculture services available to you, or will you need to be 100% self sufficient?
  • What are your capabilities across the different activities you have to undertake in growing, managing operations, farm “maintenance” and selling your produce?

Can anyone know the answer to all these questions (for you)? Mostly this requires time for you to figure out — and a lot will change on your farm once you get started.

So how can one succeed and be profitable? Learn fast, stay engaged, identify your best customers, keep costs low and margins high. The same as any other business.

Why Bother?

The best answer we have to this question is another question.

Over the last two decades (and especially over the last ten years), our lifestyles in India have improved dramatically  in almost every area we consider important…

  • Our cars are better
  • Our homes are much fancier
  • Our clothes and electronics are better
  • Our infrastructure – roads, water electricity –  is better
  • We have better entertainment choices
  • Our markets are better, and most products too
  • Hospitals and doctors are better too
  • Our vacations are also getting better
  • Our communication technology is much better

SO WHY IS OUR MOST BASIC NECESSITY – FOOD – GETTING WORSE in every important qualitative parameter – freshness, taste and safety? And why aren’t more of us, much more worried about this?

Where is Yogi Farms located?

Yogi Farms doesn’t really exist – in the sense that it’s not a permanent entity as farms usually are.

Actually it’s more of a goal set in our minds, and for now it exists as a travelling act in Goa. It began with a few pots in our apartment in 2007 and then moved with us to a tiny kitchen garden in 2009. This winter it has moved on again to an 800 sq. mt. field in Taleigao, Goa. It’s very likely that we’ll move to a larger 2,000 sq. mt. farm plot in less than a year from now.

You can find directions to our current location here.

Eventually, we do hope to settle down in one place – when we find it. But until that happens, we’ve discovered this allows for an extremely enjoyable and fulfilling journey in many surprising ways. Our hope has been to learn how to grow fresh, delicious, organic and healthy food — and to see if we can do this well enough to build a livelihood around it.

Our goal is to grow fresh and delicious food and to do this organically