With land costs as high as they are how do farmers get started and able to get land to work? Are there grants or special loan programs? I am extremely interested in finding farm land and building my own working farm. I would like to make the main focus of the farming to be rabbit farming (meat, pet/show quality, and fiber AKA angora) with a secondary focus of red worm farming as well as a side of finished compost. (When we could afford it Alpaca.) I would also like space to allow us to become more self sufficient with extra to sell at farmers market or a road side stand if we have the location along with the worms. In the long run i would also like to start a green house for personal use and the sale of plants( and to use some of that compost that would be produced). My question is how do farmers get started if they did not have a farm passed down to them? I do not know if states have programs, but i would have to get a farm with in an hour of a rabbit processor ( from what i have been reading that is the only way to profit at all with in the first year). Does anyone know of anyway i can make this dream of mine a reality? I know that the Farm Service Agency has loans for new farmers, but do they ask for repayment from day one or do they allow you a certain amount of tiem to get stock and crops set up? Kevin's parents got their chicken farm by this method, but they seperated about 19 years ago and trying to get answers out of them is like :bash: . They had no prior experience in farm managment that neither Kevin nor I know of. Our Local Farm Service Agency told Kevin that this area does not have a demand for rabbits( WELL DUH .. no rabbit meat processing plants in the county so of course there isn't), that it is more goats and Llamas. Although the #1 stock sold is cattle and it actually gets a btter price per lb then in some other areas. It is okay because we would rather relocate to be able to do the type of farming we wish to do sincead of what is forced on us and where there is a high demand and a future of regular large quantity meat rabbit sales.