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By Randy Shore Published: Vancouver Sun, November 22, 2013
Workshop speaker Mark Robbins is a recently retired provincial agrologist who raises specialty poultry in Langley, an enterprise he has been building for 10 years. His farm earns about $200,000 a year before expenses on about three hectares of land.
He throws out the old saw: “Farming as a business is a wonderful lifestyle, farming as a lifestyle is a horrible business.” “You have to remember that farming is a great small or mediumsized business, but it is a business,” he said.
To succeed in a small business, a farmer needs to develop markets and deliver product when the market wants to buy, he said. But you can also tailor your farm to suit the amount of time and effort you choose to put into it.
A family typically has more than one income and small-lot farming treated as a part-time job can be a significant revenue stream, he said.
“There is incredible interest in farming,” said Robbins, noting that farming classes and internships at UBC and Kwantlen are full.