This one is a bit of a stretch in that it’s really about starting a serious indoor farm. You could modify it for your basement if you wanted to and that’s why I included it. Even at a basement scale, you’re going to produce a ton of food (but you have to be able to sell it locally).
Here are the criteria they suggest you have to do this. My .02 is the most important one is a) a willingness to work hard and b) having a locavore or specialty food demand to pay for the food you produce.
If you still want to be a farmer, you have a choice to make. Traditional farm or an indoor one. There are many pros and cons for both, but it comes down to this:
- You live in an urban setting and accessible or economically viable plots of land are not easy to come by
- The supply chain to bring crops to your neck of the woods is long
- Agricultural inputs (such as water or labor) are costly
- Arable land is scarce
- Weather prevents you from farming most of the year
- The locavore movement is strong in your area