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

[gap size=”75px”] Today’s episode is a special one because both Darby and I are teaching the Farm Business Essentials workshop this week in Indiana. What you will hear today, is an episode that I published about a year ago with Darby. It’s an interview talking about his transition into farming and his farm beginnings. If…

Going For It and Failing Above Other Peoples’ Heads – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 30

[gap size=”75px”] Whenever you do something why are you doing it? Are you doing it because that something is pulling you towards it, is it the opposite, are you forcing yourself to do something and pushing yourself towards it. There’s a big difference there. And depending on the answer to that question, it mean the…

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

[gap size=”75px”] Believe it or not, not all surprises on the farm are bad surprises. Not every surprise is a baby calf dying, turkeys arriving days early, and having a car crash through your fence on Christmas Day setting off a chain of events that has your cattle and thousands of dollars heading towards the…

Making More Money With Less Land – Maximizing The Farm versus Growing the Farm – Part 3 – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 29

[gap size=”75px”] Today is part three in our series focusing on more money, less land, where we are brainstorming ideas to make more money off of your farm without, without adding more land. Over the last few weeks we have focused on a variety of ways to sell more product and produce more product without…

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

[gap size=”75px”] At any given time, in any place, in any area of business, there is usually an established set of businesses operating in that geographic area. If you are new to that area and/or if you want to start a business in that area, how do you compete? Think about farming. There are a…

Making More Money With Less Land – Maximizing The Farm versus Growing the Farm – Part 2 – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 28

[gap size=”75px”] Today is two in our series focusing on more money, less land, where we are brainstorming ideas to make more money off of your farm without, without adding more land. Last week we focused on two of the primary concepts that had a lot of ideas under them: If you aren’t moving all…

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

[gap size=”75px”] Today’s episode is Part Two of our series on pasture. In this episode Darby will go into detail with a plan that converts conventional row crop into perennial pasture,dealing with invasive weed pressure, and practical considerations for establishing new pasture. Things like should you mow long grass, why or why not, and when…

Making More Money With Less Land – Maximizing The Farm versus Growing the Farm – Part 1 – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 27

[gap size=”75px”] Say you’re a vegetable farmer and you want to make more money. How do you do that? How would you do that? If this was an episode of Family Feud one of the top answers on the board would likely be ‘grow more products’. And if we took this line of question on…

Growing to Get Better – Not Just Bigger – Changes Coming to Green City Acres – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 26

[gap size=”75px”] It’s currently September 15, 2016 and the end of the regular farming season is near. Along with it is Curtis’s tenure at the Kelowna Farmers Market. After 7 seasons at the farmers market, Curtis is moving on. It’s part of a larger effort to simplify the farm and match the farm to his…