Starting a farm, is it as stressful as everyone says?

Growing_Farms_Podcast2 (300x300)“Farming is hard.” I hear it over and over again. But what does it mean?

Farming is going to mean a million things to a million different people. There are an infinite number of scenarios that can play out when it comes to starting and running a farm. Now having interviewed dozens of other farmers on how they got their start in agriculture I can tell you one thing, it’s hard, and it’s worth it.

Oh sure, there will be times when you want to throw your hands p and walk away. Many of those times you should, then come back to whatever you were doing with a fresh mind and a better attitude.

There may come a day when I am too over-whelmed by what is going on with the farm and a year may come that beats me down to the point where I find a new occupation. That day is not today, nor is this year the year.

The best I can do with Farm Marketing Solutions is to give you my perspective on what is stressing me out and how I am dealing with it. I found that regardless of how many things go poorly, (and they will, it’s part of learning) you have to concentrate on the positive things in life.

As a new format for the matching blog post in addition to the podcast I want to share some photos from around the farm to give you visual perspective to go with the audio.

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Items mentioned in this farm podcast:

mobile chicken coop

This was a big win in the last week. We made some big improvements to our chicken coops. New running gear (near impossible to get used in New England), better watering system, new feed storage, and a higher capacity for birds which results in a decrease in labor.

chicken tractor pastured poultry

Here you can see the sheep (on right under blue tarp sheep shelter) and the chicken tractors rotating around pasture. Pasture management makes me really happy. I get a natural high when things click into place and the birds, sheep, pastures, and farmers are all happy.

chicken and hops

Here Farmer Nick (everyone is a farmer here!) inspects a young hop transplant that is located near our chicken tractors. The chicken and hop relationship is a beneficial one. This picture is a few weeks old and a lot of our hop bines are well over 18 feet tall.

farmers market

Here’s my lovely wife Kate at our Farmers’ Market stand in New Milford. We’re constantly looking to improve on our display. I think we’re doing alright so far. We’re thinking about a second market to increase sales, but getting enough people to run it will be a challenge. Ever thinking on it, we’ll see what happens.

farm flower

This picture is beautiful, I had to include it! Hope it made you smile.

beer can chicken

Here it is, a pastured broiler with a Keystone Ice in the cavity (no judgement). It was great, loved it. Such a good dinner, thanks Kate!

farm baby

My reason for everything. My little Mabel. I love what I do because it provides delicious food for her, a beautiful place to live, and a wonderful community of supportive people.

Take aways:

What are you thankful for? How does that effect the decisions that you make?

What is one small thing you can do right now to make yourself a little happier?

Thanks for taking the time to listen in, and let me know what you think. You can leave a comment below, send me an e-mail, reach me on Facebook , or leave a 5 star rating in iTunes if you liked the show.

2 thoughts on “Starting a farm, is it as stressful as everyone says?

  1. … “so life is good!”… keep your head up John, keep on doing a great work.
    maybe some those frozen broilers could make a nice wedding gift!?
    thanks for sharing your story. Many things make sense when we have the pleasure to see our kids feeding on something we helped nature give us!

    • Thanks Gustavo! Kids make it worthwhile for sure. That’s a good idea about frozen chicken as a wedding gift, haha. I wonder how that would go over.

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