Organic Farmer

Grow crops or livestock using pesticide-free and eco-friendly methods.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$29,000 – $107,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Organic Farmers do?

Would you use pesticides as salad dressing, or put fertilizer in your fruit basket? How about synthetic hormones instead of sauce on your steak?

If you answered “no” — for reasons of taste, health and nutrition — you agree with Organic Farmers, who grow, cultivate and harvest organic fruits, vegetables, grains and livestock.

An Organic Farmer does what all Farmers do: planting seeds, then growing, picking and selling crops. What separates you — the Organic Farmer — isn’t your job, therefore; it’s your all-natural, environmentally-friendly approach.

Instead of chemical fertilizers, you enrich soil naturally with crop rotation, mulching and composting, using only plant and animal fertilizers, such as manure. Similarly, you naturally control insects, bacteria and fungi; instead of chemical pesticides, you use row covers and netting while populating your farm with beneficial organisms and natural predators. Instead of chemical weed killers, you pick weeds manually and prevent them with “cover crops,” which populate unoccupied soil so weeds can’t grow there. Finally, if you have livestock, you feed it with all-natural food, keep it in humane living conditions, and avoid treating it with hormones and antibiotics.

If you’re really committed to organic farming, you might go even further by doing more manual labor and using more hand tools, since machinery and power tools consume energy and generate pollution.

Because of your methods, your farm and output are typically small. Your gains, however, are big, as prices and demand are high thanks to the benefits of organic produce, which include enhanced flavor, nutrition and environmental stewardship.

Should I be an Organic Farmer?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Leader: You're good at taking charge, giving directions, and inspiring other people.

  • How to become an Organic Farmer

    We recommend at least a Bachelor's degree. Check out these schools offering Organic Farmer-related education!
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