Advice sought by new organic farmer
I am looking to start an organic farm in 5 years when I retire. I am looking for feedback on a good area to look at farmland west of the Rockies but with a view of the mountains. My preference is the northwest states. Right now I am leaning towards starting a small diversified homestead and expanding into an orchard from there. I will seek out a mentorship just before making the move. Before everyone tells me to avoid farming because of the expense, I plan on doing this in stages mostly debt free because it is something I will enjoy. I will be looking for at least 20 acres and would like some recommendations on areas in the northwest to look at. Preferably fertile land that would not require several years of costly land preparation. I will be spending the next few summers scouting the areas while on vacation. Also what is the average first year startup costs, excluding the land and home, for a small homestead? I know this is a vague post but I am hopeful it will lead to some informative conversation.