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

  [gap size=”75px”] Last week we heard from Brandy Simpson, Darby’s wife, on what starting a farm was like on the other side, the non-entrepreneur side, the spouse side. Today we’ll continue to round out that view, because this week Brandy is back, and joined by Darby, as they talk more about startup, their relationship,…

Crushing It and Failing – The Tale of Two Pastured Poultry Businesses Run by the Same Farmer with John McAuley of Healthy Hen Farms (PVP134)

[gap size=”50px”] Imagine it’s your first year in college and you get an offer to go be an apprentice on farm. You’ve never farmed before. And you’ve never really thought about farming before. Taking the offer means that you would need to drop out of college to commit to the apprenticeship. And so would you…

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

  [gap size=”75px”] Today’s episode is a special one. It is part one of a mini-series focusing on farm start up, but from the other side- not the side of the farmer, instead from the side of the farmer’s wife. It’s a conversation with Darby’s wife Brandy and what it was like to be the…

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

  [gap size=”75px”] This episode is a special episode that addresses a question submitted to us by listener Ben Grimes of Dawnbreaker Farms.   Ben’s question was a simple one, but the answer wasn’t simple or straightforward.  Like many things when it comes to farming there’s a lot of nuance and variability involved.   Given…

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

  [gap size=”75px”] If you listened to last week’s episode it was all about brooder management. Managing the chicks from when they arrive on the farm until they reach about three weeks of age when it’s time to go out onto pasture. Today’s episode picks up right where that one left off. We talk all…

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

  [gap size=”75px”] Today’s episode is all about the ins and outs of brooder management taking you from the time when the baby chicks arrive in the farm in the mail to the day when they are transitioned out to pasture. In this episode we cover feed, environment, and setup of Darby’s brooder. [gap size=”75px”]…

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

  [gap size=”75px”] To start the show we’ll go to an email that I recently received from one of you listening to the show… “Hi Diego I hope everything is going good for you in sunny California! I ordered 110 Cornish Cross chicks today. I am so excited to finally get my feet wet and…

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

  [gap size=”75px”] Many farmers like Darby work at least 60 hours per week – that’s 7 days a week, from May through September. That’s a lot of hours. It’s much higher average workload during that time specific time frame than your average American. But we can’t just focus on those numbers, because there’s more…