Darby Simpson is someone who transitioned into farming on a part time basis while working full time in an unrelated field. Putting in well over 50 hours each week as an engineer and spending a couple hours each day in the car commuting back and forth. But despite those long hours, he started his farm, on the side. He did it while raising a young family, and keeping his sanity in the process. He did it by working hard and smart. And he did it in a very approachable way. He started his farming operation with only $500. With that $500 he bought 50 broilers and some equipment and he was on his way to farming full time. The first 50 sold and he never looked back.

$500 in initial expenses, started farming on the side, while working full time, and with a young family. A very relatable and applicable situation to many people listening to this show. If you are contemplating that jump into farming and making that dream a reality, but you feel like life is standing in the way, here is someone who’s done it with life in the way.

Stay tuned every Monday, for a new episode.



Interested starting or growing a full or part-time farming business?


Or are you currently farming, but you are struggling to make the enterprise profitable or generate enough on farm income to farm full time?

Or do you like the idea of raising your family on a farm, but you aren’t quite sure if you could make enough money doing it to support your family?

Or do are you currently a homesteader or a hobby producer, and you are looking to produce some side income by small scale farming?

 

The Farm Business Essentials Intensive was created to help addresses those concerns and challenges.

In this three day workshop we will take an in-depth look at where you are currently at in life and business, where you want to go with your farming future, what you need to put in place to get there, and what are some of the next action steps to turn your ideal farm into reality.

The workshop will focus on:

  • selecting the right farming enterprise
  • balancing family with farm business startup
  • starting up a farm on the side, or on a part time base, and then scaling that operation as needed
  • find the right sales model for you and your market
  • how to market and brand your farming enterprise
  • business basics – insurance, taxes, corporate structure, webpage, social media

What past attendees are saying:

“If you are interested in starting a farm, for profit, of any size,from the backyard urban farm to the 1000 acre multi-species mob grazing operation,  you need this course. I gained the the confidence to begin the launch of our family farming enterprise and was armed with the tools to combine production with the business and marketing of the products and of the farm itself.” David in Texas 
 
“I was fortunate enough to attend the November Farm Business Essentials Workshop and can definitely say it was money well spent. The process that Diego and Darby went through prior to the workshop really paid off in my opinion. They were able to tailor the workshop to our needs and answered many of the questions I had about starting a farming enterprise. I went in to the workshop thinking I knew the best approach but going through the workshop I realized there were many things I didn’t consider. Being around liked minded people was also very helpful especially to bounce ideas of each other. I feel that I am now ready to start my farming venture in 2017 and I have the knowledge and the path to be successful. Anyone considering to be a farmer would benefit greatly from taking this course.”  Lou in Texas

The workshop will take place on October 26-28, 2017 outside Indianapolis, Indiana.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE WORKSHOP


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Micro Beef – Raising Grassfed Beef on Less Land Than You Thought Possible (GFL69)

Profitable Pigs for the Farmstead, Homestead or Small Farm (GFL68)

How to Convert a Fallow Meadow to a Usuable Pasture (GFL67)

40 Years of Grazing, A Lookback with John Phelan (GFL66x)

600 Birds and $6000 – The 1 Acre Pastured Poultry Operation (GFL65)

Why an Off Farm Job Might Be Good For Your Farm (GFL64)

Preparing for Winter Now – The How, Why and Cost of Hay Production (GFL63)

Getting Customers to Come to You – Crushing on Farm Sales with Michael Covach (GFL62x)

Getting More Farm Sales by Selling Into More Markets (GFL61)

Overcoming New Farm Challenges and Refining Fodder Economics with Tim Bork of Brush Arbor Farmstead (GFL60x)

Far From Utopia – The Never-ending Challenges and Adaptions of Farming – Grass Fed Life (GFL59)

Portable Electric Fence for Livestock 101 – Tips, Tricks and Advice with Stephanie Sexton of Premier 1  (GFL58x)

A Beginners Look at Fencing for Livestock (GFL57)

Why I Would or Would Not Raise Grassfed Lamb… The Economics and Mechanics of Raising Grassfed Lamb – Part 2 (GFL56)

30 Years of Truly Pastured Raised Lambs with Ulf Kintzel of White Clover Sheep Farm (GFL55x)

Building Soil and Restoring Pastures by Grazing Sheep with Jodi Roebuck of Roebuck Farm (GFL54x)

Raising 100% Grassfed and Certified Organic Lamb with Kinley Coulter of Coulter Farms (GFL53x)

Evaluating a New On Farm Enterprise – The Upside, The Downside, and the Risks – The Economics and Mechanics of Raising Grassfed Lamb – Part 1 (GFL52)

Beyond Homesteading with farmers and authors of The Independent Farmstead Shawn and Beth Dougherty (GFL51x)

The Pros and Cons of On Farm Poultry Processing with Farmer John McAuley of Healthy Hen Farms (GFL50x)

Farmsteading, A Profitable Alternative to Farming? (GFL49)

The Well Planned Farmstead with Greg Burns of Natures Image Farm (GFL48x)

How Pigs Saved My Farm with Luke Groce of Groce Family Farm (GFL47x)

Tips for Starting a Farm, Knowing What I Know Now with Darby Simpson (GFL46)

Practical Thoughts on Farmers Markets for The Upcoming Season – Part 2 of 2 (GFL45)

Practical Thoughts on Farmers Markets for The Upcoming Season – Part 1 of 2 (GFL44)

How to Create Cash Flow Early In the Season Using a CSA Program – Grass Fed Life – Episode 43

Starting a Successful Farm on the Road with Wilson Marsh of Whole Earth Farm – Grass Fed Life – Episode 42x

Should I start farming with pigs, chickens, or both? – A Case Study – Grass Fed Life – Episode 41

6 Things You Can Start Doing Now If You Want to Farm in 2017 – Grass Fed Life – Episode 40

5 Reasons to Start Farming in 2017 – Grass Fed Life – Episode 39

“If it was easy, everyone would do it” – A Year End Review – Grass Fed Life – Episode 38

Important Considerations for Value Adding Meat and Choosing a Processor – Grass Fed Life – Episode 37

When You are Almost Ready to Burnout, The Offseason Arrives – Grass Fed Life – Episode 36

Thinking About Starting a Farm – Start Here First – Grass Fed Life – Episode 35

Increasing Farm Profits by Raising Turkeys – Grass Fed Life – Episode 34

Filtering Your Ideas into an Enterprise that Works For You – A Workshop Recap – Grass Fed Life – Episode 33

How to Raise Pigs Regeneratively in the Woods – Part 4 – The Numbers – Grass Fed Life – Episode 32

Transitioning from a Full Time Career as an Engineer to Making a Living as a Full Time Farmer – Darby’s Story – Grass Fed Life – Episode 31

How to Increase Farm Sales by Taking Advantage of A Winter Farmers Market – Grass Fed Life – Episode 30

Competition versus Coopetition – Advice for Entering a Crowded Market – Competing With Friends and Allies not Enemies – Grass Fed Life – Episode 29

Getting Free Land by Building Pasture – More Grass Means More Animals – Part 2 – Grass Fed Life – Episode 28

Getting Free Land by Building Pasture – More Grass Means More Animals – Part 1 – Grass Fed Life – Episode 27

Old School and New School Farmers – When Paradigms and Views Don’t Align – Grass Fed Life – Episode 26

The Summer Grind – Dealing With and Setting Expectations for the Long Hours of Summer – Grass Fed Life – Episode 25

Starting a Farm and Staying Married – A Couple’s Farm Start-Up Experience – Grass Fed Life – Episode 24

It’s Your Dream, Not Mine – Farm Transition – The View from the Farmer’s Wife with Brandy Simpson – Grass Fed Life – Episode 23

8 Reasons Why You Might NOT Want to Start a Pastured Poultry Enterprise – Grass Fed Life – Episode 22

Growing Sales in Order to Start Farming Full-time – A Case Study with Ben Grimes of Dawnbreaker Farms – Grass Fed Life – Episode 21

Grass Fed Cattle Basics – Why You Should and How Can Get Started with Cattle Using Stockers – Grass Fed Life – Episode 20

Grass Fed Cattle Basics – An Introduction to Raising Cattle on Grass – Grass Fed Life – Episode 19

Farm Transition – Being a Great Employee, so You Can Be a Great Business Owner – Grass Fed Life – Episode 18

Transitioning Chicks from the Brooder to Pasture – What to Do and When to Do It – Grass Fed Life – Episode 17

The Ins and Outs of Brooder Management – New Chicks Arrive on the Farm, Now What? – Grass Fed Life – Episode 16

Raising your first batch of chicks? What should you focus on? Hint… it’s not the money – Grass Fed Life – Episode 15

Declaring Independence in Your Own Life, From What Society Tells You It Has to Be – Grass Fed Life – Episode 14

Farmers Markets, Farm Tours, On Farm Sales – Are they worth it? – The Steps and the Process – Grass Fed Life – Episode 13

A Close Up Look at Poultry Processing Day – The Steps and the Process – Grass Fed Life – Episode 12

How to Tell Your Story Clearly and Effectively at Farmers Markets – Grass Fed Life – Episode 11

How to Raise Pigs Regeneratively in the Woods – Part 3 – Selling Pork and Balancing Demand – Grass Fed Life – Episode 10

How to Raise Pigs Regeneratively in the Woods – Part 2 – Infrastructure and Equipment – Grass Fed Life – Episode 9

How to Raise Pigs Regeneratively in the Woods – Part 1 – The Basic Methodology – Grass Fed Life – Episode 8

Sell What the Customer Wants and Will Pay For – Balancing Tomorrow’s Ideology with Staying in Business Today – Grass Fed Life – Episode 7

When Farming Sucks – A Realistic Look at The REALLY Hard Times as a Farmer – Grass Fed Life – Episode 6

Time is Money – Advantages, Disadvantages, and Things to Consider for Farm Scale Poultry Processing – Grass Fed Life – Episode 5

Forced to leave a farmers market due to low sales – What’s Next? – Grass Fed Life – Episode 4

Advice on Choosing Hatcheries, Chicken Tractors, and How Darby Starts His 500 Broilers on Pasture – Grass Fed Life – Episode 3

A New Farm Season Begins – Making Improvements and Planning Ahead – Grass Fed Life – Episode 2

Raising Cows, Pigs and Chickens Profitably on Pasture – Grass Fed Life – Episode 1



Like the show and want to learn more?

Then check out the upcoming Farm Business Essentials – 3 Day Intensive Workshop


Do you want to transition into livestock farming on a part-time or full-time basis? 

Or are you currently farming, but it’s stressful and challenging to manage the farm and life?

Or are you currently farming, but you are struggling to make the enterprise profitable or generate enough on farm income to farm full time?

The Farm Business Essentials Intensive was created to help addresses those concerns and challenges.

In this three day workshop we will take an in-depth look at where you are currently at, where you want to go, what do you need to put in place to get there, and what are some of the next action steps to turn the ideas into reality.

The workshop will focus on:

  • selecting the right farming enterprise for you and your situation
  • balancing family with farm business startup
  • overcoming personal challenges with starting and running a business
  • refining your farm venture to decrease costs and increase profits
  • starting up a farm on the side, or on a part time base, and then scaling that operation as needed

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE WORKSHOP


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Interested in transitioning into full or part-time farming?  If so, then check out Darby’s Farm Business Essentials 3 Day Intensive Workshop that takes place this November outside Indianapolis.

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Whether you are simply someone looking to raise some or all of your own meat on a homestead, or are looking to follow your dreams of full time farming Darby can help you be a success and reach your goals.  Your one on one consultation is tailored to fit you – not anyone else.  It’s all about your farm enterprise or homestead, and will answer your questions on a myriad of farming related subjects.  LEARN MORE.


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