Gene Logsdon, The Contrary Farmer (, says that one of the first rules of small farming is this:

Make sure you have an income that doesn’t come from farming.

Those sentiments and more were echoed by Bren Smithaug in a New York Times op-ed piece titled Don’t Let Your Children Grow Up to Be Farmers.

Smithaug, a shellfish and seaweed farmer in Long Island Sound, lays out chapter and verse some of the reasons he can’t turn a profit doing what he would like to do.

Here are some of the money quotes from the article:

Don’t Let Your Children Grow Up to Be Farmers