Vegetable Farmer

Grow and harvest vegetables.

Quick Stats

Salary Range
$29,000 – $107,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Vegetable Farmers do?

A Vegetable Farmer can work on a small or a large farm. Each presents different day-to-day challenges and duties. However, a Vegetable Farmer’s basic responsibilities are ultimately the same, no matter how big (or small) the farm is. Vegetable Farmers plant, harvest, and sell vegetables of all kinds.

Small farms are those you find selling at local outdoor markets. They’re often owned by one family, and have a workforce you can count on both hands. You don’t make as much money as a bigger farm (because you can’t grow as much), but you have a lot more control over things. You can decide not to use pesticides, for example, or change crop options based on your customer’s whims. This is because you work with a smaller number of plants, and get to know your customers better. Unlike big farms, you can’t ship your vegetables far away, so the people you deal with are limited to how far you can drive your peas or carrots before they start to mold.

As a big Farmer, you still worry about early frosts or bugs that kill plants, but you have different resources at your disposal. You have a bigger budget, and therefore, you can own more equipment, hire more Pickers, and have a marketing department to find you business. However, this also means you’re responsible for making more money. Owning a big farm means you spend a lot of time in meetings. Sales Reps who want to sell your crops, Salespeople who want you to buy their products, and businesses that carry your produce all take up your time.

Should I be a Vegetable 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.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Farmer, Vegetable

    How to become a Vegetable Farmer

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