Guess what? You CAN start a pastured poultry business and scale it to a size that supports a family. Or multiple families. Tune in as Paul Grieve from Pasturebird and Primal Pastures shares the story of how his family has done just that.
This week I talk about the sometimes long and steady process of setting up a new farm. My guest is Jenn Colby of Howling Wolf Farm in Vermont. We also tackle the touchy issue of why it’s sometimes more challenging for women farmers than men. Listen in to see what you think.
This week I examine one of the biggest problems consumers face when wanting to buy directly from farmers, the problem of convenience. I talk with Joe Heitzeberg, co-founder and CEO of Crowd Cow. It’s an interesting business model that is endeavoring to make it easier for farmers and consumers to come together and celebrate what Crowd Cow calls “craft meat.” Tune in for a great story.
Today I’m speaking with Callene and Eric Rapp of Rare Hare Barn in Kansas. I love this topic of raising rabbits for meat because, in general, our society has become very disconnected from our food—and what food is, right? Nowhere in the meat world is that more evidenced than with rabbits. We discuss many fascinating aspects of running a rabbit enterprise on a small farm. Whether you’re a consumer, chef, homesteader or farmer, this is a thoroughly interesting discussion about the life (and death) of rabbits.
In this episode I’m joined by Sarah Hoffman of Green Dirt Farm in Missouri, where she raises sheep on pasture, milks them and turns their milk into award-winning cheese. We discuss Sarah’s journey to farm life and how her desire to raise children in that setting led her and her husband to make some courageous career choices.
Greg Judy went from having $8 in his pocket after a long divorce to now farming over 1,600 acres. In this episode, Greg and I recap how he got started, mistakes he’s made and what he looks for in terms of farm properties. He shares his best tips on negotiating leases, what fencing tools to use and even what type of cattle to raise.
So it’s December and we’re winding down the farm season. Let’s take advantage of this time to focus on one of the most strategically important areas of our business—of any business. And that is marketing. In this episode I’ll walk you through 7 Farm Marketing tasks you can perform this winter to get your farm in great shape for next year.
This week we launched another FarmPress website for Sorensen's Heritage Farm in Illinois. Prior to switching to FarmPress, Sorensen was on the Weebly platform. There they experienced many frustrations, including: Difficulty formatting text on Weebly. Limitations on...
If you want your farm business to succeed you have to excel at marketing. Because without customers, you have no business. Marketing is a challenging area for many farmers. I'd like to help you better understand marketing so you can build your brand, grow your list...
So it’s marketing week here on the Small Farm Nation podcast. And one of the challenges I hear most often expressed from small farmers (really any small business, actually), is how difficult it is to create an email list of potential customers. In this episode we’ll discuss three keys to putting your list-building efforts on autopilot so you can grow your email list.
It’s online marketing week here on the Small Farm Nation podcast. And this week we’re talking websites, or, more specifically, what website design tool you should use. And we have plenty of options, right? There’s lots of website builders out there—you know, Squarespace, Wix, Weebly, GoDaddy, and WordPress. I’ll walk you through all the options and help you decide what’s right for your farm business.
Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with Terrance Layhew on his excellent podcast, The Intellectual Agrarian. Terrance is an Organic inspector, writer, film critic and sustainable agriculture advocate. Raised on an Organic farm, Terrance has spent his life...
What do most people think of when they think of branding? They think of logos. In fact, many people think that their logo is their brand. And you can’t have a great brand without a super cool logo design, can you? Today, I’m gonna tell you the mistakes you’re making with your farm logo design and what you really should be doing, instead.
Okay, so it’s strategy week here on the Small Farm Nation podcast. And nothing says “strategy” more than business planning, so that’s the focus this week. Now, the first thing you’re told to do when starting a business is to write a business plan. But should you? Do traditional business plans help? Or is there a better way.
Yes, there is a better way, and in this episode I’ll walk you through how to create an actionable one-page business plan.
Okay, so it’s Marketing week here on the podcast. And it’s an important episode, and if you’re a farmer, this is gonna really resonate with you. I want to talk about why small farms struggle so much to sell their products. If you’re a small, family farmer, you know what I mean. I’ve created a list of ten reasons why small farms struggle to sell their products. Listen in and see what you think.
One of the challenges I hear most often expressed from small farmers (really any small business, actually), is how difficult it is to create an email list of potential customers. In this episode we’ll discuss three keys to putting your list-building efforts on autopilot so you can grow your email list.
Okay, so it’s Online Marketing week here on the Small Farm Nation podcast, and we’re gonna discuss the dirty dozen…the 12 Fatal Flaws of Most Farm Websites. I’d say at least 90% of farm websites commit these sins. Do you?
One of the most common things new farmers stress over is what to name their farm business. Well, in this week’s episode I’m going to tell you there are lots of WRONG names to choose, and give you a tool for choosing the right name for your farm. We’ll also cover how to choose product names and taglines.
Last year I created a free group on Facebook to discuss issues related to marketing a farm business. It has just under 2,500 members in it, but I've been stringent about letting members in. On average, 2 out of 10 people who ask to join were admitted. They had to...
Farmers love to blame Wal-Mart, regulations and unpatriotic consumers as reasons why their farms struggle. But is that really the case? In this episode I explain why it is not the case, and I also share some structural changes I’m making to upcoming podcast episodes.