Monthly Archives: June 2013

Knowledge is Power

My husband and I are all about education. We never get tired of learning. Last year we attend the first Piedmont Farm School, sponsored by our local agricultural extension agencies. For seven months we attended a monthly, evening business planning class and went on a monthly farm tour. The business planning classes were helpful in learning about laws, insurance, certifications, inspections, knowing cost and general resources. The farm tours were great because we got to see first-hand the different types of small farms in our area and learn from what established farmers are doing and also what they aren’t doing.
I was excited to be asked to attend one of the business planning classes and share what we do for marketing for our farm as well as the importance of good record keeping and knowing your costs.
I set up a table showing how we set up for the farmers’ markets we attend.

Me with Mike Roberts at Piedmont Farm School in Lexington,NC

Me with Mike Roberts at Piedmont Farm School in Lexington,NC

I am by no means an expert, but I hope that I was able to share some helpful information. All of us small farmers need to work together and encourage each other.

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A BUSY Spring!

We have been busy on our farm, Third Creek Cottage Gardens. We have our gardens planted and they are looking great! Everything is on the verge of producing fruit and we can’t wait. This past weekend we processed our first batch of broilers for the season. With the help of family and friends we were able to process 138 birds in four hours. If you have never eaten pasture raised, fresh chicken from the farm, you don’t know what you are missing.

The Farmers’ Market season is in full swing and I encourage everyone to shop at your local market as much as you can. I know it can cost more to buy directly from the farmer, but remember your money goes directly to the farmer and not some corporate CEO that has probably never worked on a farm. Even if you could pledge to spend just 10% of your weekly grocery money buying from a local farmer, it would make a huge impact on the local food economy.

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