Real World Farm Start-Up: Making it Happen by Doing What You Have to Do, Whether You Want to Do It or Not with Seth Stallings (PVP129)

Today’s story is about someone on a journey to become a farmer.

It’s a great story, but it’s not the typical story that we hear about in today’s world. The world today loves the magazine headline of the successful person that seemingly got there overnight.

Today we’ll zoom in on that overnight success and take a look at what it takes to be successful – the process of becoming successful.

It’s the story of farmer Seth Stallings, from Tecumseh, OK – a town with a population of just $6000 people.

It’s a town where Seth is starting up a pastured poultry business. Which by the way is in a state with no USDA approved slaughterhouses and no sources of organic or non-gmo feed.

Not your ideal market to start a farm based business in. But it’s one where Seth is making it work.

He’s found a niche, and making a go of it.

Like he said, “No one can teach you how you are going to do it when you get to your unique scenario, you just got to do it and figure it out.”

In a world that loves to come up with reasons why something won’t work, here’s the story of someone who’s said, I’m going to make it work.

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Notes from the conversation with Seth…

  • Lessons from working as an intern with Joel Salatin:
    • The Salatin’s know how to work.  How to funnel their hard working spirit into what is important and what makes a difference.
    • They work very efficiency.
    • They truly care about people and realize how important that is.
  • Seth and his wife focused and did what they had to, to pay off their debt quickly.
    • Worked various jobs including nurse and school bus driver.
  • “I wasn’t in the mindset of thinking that there’s opportunity to be farming here right now.”
  • There is a big difference between being a farm worker and the farm business owner.  The business owner has to do it all.
  • Know the difference between principals and methods.
    • One is a way of thinking, one is a recipe and can fail if the variables change.
  • “No one can teach you how you are going to do it when you get to your unique scenario, you just gotta do it and figure it out.”
  • Farming is a long game, don’t forget to look at what you have, versus always focusing on where you are trying to get to.
  • Figure out what’s important to you and then look at all of the options that are possible to get there.  Be flexible, not rigid.
    • Understand your context and then start making decisions.
    • How much do you need per month?  You need to know.
  • Follow Seth on Instagram @amistadfarm


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