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

[gap size=”75px”] Farming is one of those careers that are more than a career. It’s a lifestyle. A lifestyle in every sense of the world. Because for a big part of the year your life will be the farm. Extreme work hours and murderous weeks are pretty much universally synonymous with farming. During parts of…

Thinking About Growing Microgreens as a Business – The Tedious, Detail Oriented Reality of Growing Microgreens – Episode 3

[gap size=”75px”] [x_audio_embed][/x_audio_embed] [gap size=”50px”] Over the last two episodes [Episode 1, Episode 2] we looked at How Chris started and grew his microgreen business, and we have taken a look at what’s possible with that business when it grows. And if you just stand back and look at the numbers, their jaw dropping. Let’s…

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

[gap size=”75px”] If you are thinking about transitioning from a career in one field to a career as a part-time or full-time farming, you need to be careful in this stage. The obvious reality is that you get infinitely many chances to make a business work, but the not-so-obvious reality is that everyone gets infinite…

Tips and Tricks for Growing, Harvesting, and Selling Microgreens as a Business with Chris Thoreau – Episode 2

  [gap size=”75px”] [x_audio_embed][/x_audio_embed] [gap size=”50px”] “They weren’t just buying the product; they were buying the whole package.” That’s how Chris Thoreau was able to go to a farmer’s market selling one crop. Just one. Sunflower shoots. He was able to go to market with just one crop because he was selling a product that…

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

[gap size=”75px”] It’s Thanksgiving week, and for many Americans this is the week of the biggest meal of the year. And for many people the star of that meal is the Thanksgiving turkey. A bird that’s native to North America, and one that’s become big business around Thanksgiving. Each year Americans consume 46 Million turkeys…

How Chris Thoreau Started, Build, and Grew a Thriving Microgreens Business – Episode 1

  [gap size=”75px”]   [x_blockquote cite=”Chris Thoreau” type=”center”]”How do I make this easier?”[/x_blockquote] [gap size=”50px”] Advice from Chris.. Why microgreens?  He could grow a lot of crops, given the value of microgreens, at one site in the city. “How do I make this easier?”  Use what you can to your advantage to make your journey…

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

[gap size=”75px”] Last week we hosted the first running of the Farm Business Essentials workshop in Indiana. And today’s show highlights some of our big takeaways from that workshop. To start here’s two of mine. First, this is a lifestyle. Full time farming is not a job or a career it is a lifestyle. Long…

Building Soil – Where Bio-intensive Growing and Market Farming Collide with Jodi Roebuck – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 32

[gap size=”75px”] Curtis is on vacation, so I am joined by bio-intensive farmer Jodi Roebuck. Jodi’s been farming and studying under the originator of the Grow Bio-Intensive form of farming, John Jeavons, for 18 years. Jodi’s well known for using Jeavon’s bio-intensive method to build soil. Soil that’s deep and loose enough to literally put…

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

[gap size=”75px”] When it comes to a small scale livestock operation, there are two main choices that stick out when it comes to selecting starter enterprises: pastured poultry and pigs. This season we have discussed each of them in depth, looking at the nuts and bolts and pros and cons of these enterprises. And if…

Why not add more land – How much land should YOU farm? – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 31

[gap size=”75px”] “During 2013, I took on a partnership with a friend and merged our farms. He had been farming for one year. Together we farmed 2.5 acres and grew around 90 types of vegetables.  We had one site (that was previously his) at 2 acres, and the other 0.5 acre consisted of all my…