Find a older farmer to buy out or find a good farm to rent. That is what i did it is nice to have a small amount of cash to pay start up costs. Dont try to out do your neighbor it might look like there doing good but there in debt up to there ears. And plan on working like hell if you work hard enough you will make it.
The older retiring farmer may well have the tools for survival but will they be adequate for a someone with a young family to support and few assets? Selling farm commodities for processing (milk, corn, meat) can be a thankless task as you customers are price driven. Creating a local market for your produce and adding value on the farm can make the operation viable.
Im also working hard at starting my own grass based dairy on a retired dairy farm in southside VA. Im hoping using pasture will help me get started with minimal resources. Its good to see Im not alone when all I ussually hear is that Im crazy for wanting to farm.
Ya i know what you are saying. I can count on 1 hand the amount of people that actually support me for wanting to farm and there is a greater amount that tell me to forget about it and keep my day job. Im not going to turn my back on it. I want to do it too bad. Just going to take some hard work and thought. Keep at it Frank!
You have my support as if it is what you want to do, go do it. But, I will say, keeping at least one regular job for the first few years will allow you to put any money made farming back into your operation.
I sent in a discussion for a young farmer to take over farm in the future. Look under my discussion.