As far as I'm aware you only need to be a registered farmer if you want to grow in registered farmland. If the land you want to grow on is registered as anything else then you are free to have at it without bothering to register. Subsidies aren't widely publicised as far as I'm aware as many places like to keep it somewhat discreet, you'd have to approach each municipality you are interested in to see what they offer and results can vary widely. I have discussed them with some other farmers but they generally won't give any figures for the subsidies they receive and don't seem too happy to chat about them in any detail.
I would suggest going to the farming world expo's if you want to find out more about vertical farming, there are loads of stands there promoting different systems and each of those companies can sell you a complete set up. Already most strawberries are grown hydroponically as well as a lot of tomatoes and paprika and lettuce.vapidspants wrote: ↑Sun Aug 16, 2020 4:10 pmI personally would love to do vertical farming; cause you can regulate the process, extend the growing season, add solar panels to the top to power the system and earn feed-in tariff money, probably other subsidies, could grow high-value crops in a systematic way (ie strawberries or watermelon) and all year round without the fear of exposure or insects.
Mostly you drop your produce off at the local JA depot and they take it from there, they sort it and you come pick up whatever they won't take and then they tell you what price you will receive.