According to the 2011 Canadian Census of Agriculture:
- Most farm operators continued to work more than 40 hours a week on the farm;
- In 2010, 46.9% of operators worked off the farm
Now maybe 46.9% doesn’t sound so bad, but if you consider that these farmers may still be putting in a 40 hour work week on the farm that is a heavy load to carry for those juggling both on and off farm responsibilities.
Often we look toward off the farm work as a way to supplement our income, but have you thought about different on farm businesses you might develop to make your farm business more sustainable?
Here are some on farm business ideas from Small Farm Canada to get you thinking about how you might expand or diversify your farm to include a new business enterprise: