Eating organically-grown food is good for the body and the soul; producing that organic food can also be a tremendously fulfilling green career. There are numerous ways you could enjoy organic agriculture and gardening as a green job. Whether you’re interested in getting your hands in the dirt, using science to promote sustainable agriculture methods, protecting biodiversity through local species protection, or want to be a teacher, there are countless ways you could enter the organic farming field and enjoy an exciting, growing, and highly desirable green job. Here are just a few of the possible options you could explore:
- Small vegetable and fruit farming: Grow vegetables, fruit, and grains as a small-scale organic farmer and sell your wares through local grocery stores and at the local farmer’s market. You may also be able to set up your own Community Support Agriculture (CSA) system to sell foods to your neighbors.
- Seed savers and plant breeding: Specialize in the development of organic plants and seeds which can be cultivated and sold in your region. Look into collecting and cultivating heritage varieties, drought-tolerant species, and native plants that thrive in your local community without a lot of human intervention.
- Organic fish farming: Perhaps you’re interested in aquatic farming, which may lead you to develop your own sustainable, organic fish farming system. Once again, you could focus on endangered species and other sustainable options, using the most up to date and eco-friendly methods so as to not pollute local water and soil systems.
- Green agriculture educator: If you’re interested in teaching, you could become an organic agriculture educator. Larger-scale farmers and home gardeners alike are looking for educational systems that teach sustainable growing methods.
- Organic fertilizer and pest control consultant: You may also be able to support the organic farming industry by studying or producing sustainable, organic fertilizers and pest control methods. Creating a vermiculture farm would allow you to encourage the use of worms for composting food waste into healthful fertilizer, for instance.
- Green gardening events: Perhaps your local community is currently without a farmers market or food co-op. Be a green entrepreneur and start one yourself to help encourage local food consumption and the support of small-scale family farms in your area.
- Organic farming hospitality: Perhaps you love to garden and you love to entertain. Combine the two options into a career as a green gardening host. You could set up a bed and breakfast or small inn that is surrounded by your organic garden and stock your kitchen with foods you grow yourself. Alternatively, create a tea house or eatery connected to your own organic garden to feed a wider customer base.
Training and education as well as income expectations will vary a great deal in this field depending on which option you think best for your particular skills and personality. But no doubt, as an organic farmer, you’ll enjoy getting back to the land and helping people eat healthier and more sustainably.