What is a farmstart?

Farmstarts are designed to reduce the financial risk and stress away for new entrants in the crucial early phases, allowing them to focus on working out what kind of business might suit them best and to build knowledge, skills, confidence and experience to move on in a farming venture or career. Farmstarts can be open to land workers of any kind from fibres, fuel, agroforestry, mushroom cultivation, orchards and plant nurseries etc.
A Farmstart is a land based programme where people come together to develop skills in farming. They can be a great entry route into farming independently, because they allow people to test their own farming and growing ideas in a protected environment over the course of a year or more.
This is a guide produced by the Land Workers Alliance... It is helping inform this study: