Quitting A Job I Love for A Life That I Love. The Unromantic Journey Into Farm Life with Chad Stamps. (PVP085)

“Start before you are ready.  If you wait, you’ll never get there.”Chad Stamps


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Key Takeaways:

  • Sold spices and pre-made soups to help generate income.
  • You have to pick.  You can’t keep doing everything half way.
  • Work on cutting spending far in advance.  Look at cutting in the little places.  It all adds up.  Look at cutting consistent expenses.
  • Chad used his retirement savings to fund the transition period and start building his ‘farm retirement plan.’
  • Believe in yourself and not just your employer and/or the financial system and/or the government to fund your retirement.
  • Use your existing free time at work to do what you can to transition and build in audience.
  • You can start building relationships now.  You don’t have to deliver now.  It may be better to build a market prior to starting to sell your products.  Don’t just assume that because you have products to sell that there will be a lineup out the door to buy them.
  • Be sure to value your time and bill that into your price.




  • “The perfect time will never come.”
  • “Start before you are ready.  If you wait, you’ll never get there.”
  • “Suddenly needing to generate income is a great way to generate income.”
  • “Not everything about farming is romantic.  A huge amount of farming is phone calls and driving.
  • “Everything is hard.  There is nothing worth doing, that isn’t.”
  • “People start big and they just assume that there is a line out front waiting to buy that product.  And it’s just not like that.  You need to build that market.”
  • “People desperately want an opportunity to connect to your farm.”
  • “Mitigate the disaster.”
  • “It’s a lot of work, but success is there, it’s easier than it looks, you just have to be pursuing it.”


Stamps Family Farm Tree Planting Campaign on Indiegogo

Help us continue to transition what used to be a conventional corn farm into perennial tree crops.

“The next time some asks ‘how can we feed the world without these industrial monoculture systems?’, I want people to be able to point to our farm and say “that’s how”.

Help us continue to pioneer new techniques for feeding the world while caring for it.  Our plan includes perennial tree cropping combined with multi-species grazing smack dab in the heartland of industrial agriculture – Iowa. 

The money raised here will go directly to planting trees and installing the infrastructure necessary to support them.  Tree plantings of apples, plums, peaches, hazels, chestnuts, and mulberries will be interspersed with black locust and other trees designed to fix nitrogen and nurse the main tree crops into production at small intervals designed to be thinned as necessary.  These trees will be planted along swales running on contour across what are now our main pasture areas.  Fencing will protect the trees from the livestock that will be grazed down the aisles created by these tree lines.  If we are successful, we’ll be able to put 1000 trees into the ground.  Every $20 we receive will be able to plant one tree and install the necessary fencing and other infrastructure necessary to care for it long into the future.

Learn more and contribute on Indiegogo.



More information on Chad Stamps, Stamps Family Farm:

The Stamps Family Farm

The Stamps Family Farm on Facebook

You can contact Chad via chad @ thestampsfamily dot net


Facebook Groups that Chad is involved with:

Mid-West Homesteading and Permaculture: https://www.facebook.com/groups/midwesthomestead

Pastured Pigs: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pasturedpigs/



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