Bootstrap @ Nightfall Farm – Why I’m a Farmer

Nighfall - why farm pic 1 smallOne sure way to make a younger Nate laugh: just tell him that one day he would intentionally and willingly choose to be a farmer. (more…)

Bootstrap @ Lemonade Springs Farm – Why I’m a Farmer

Lemonade Springs intro post pic 2Recently, I had a conversation with a woman whose fifty-one years of experience farming inspired her to warn me away from pursuing it. (more…)

Bootstrap @ Lemonade Springs Farm – Welcome to our 2014 Season!

Lemonade Springs intro post pic 1Lemonade Springs Farm is run by myself, Seth, and my partner, Kathleen. We are in our second full season. The farm is located in Watsonville, California, about a mile inland in the heart of the central coast’s commercial strawberry growing country. (more…)

Bootstrap @ Wild Ridge Farm – Hello from Fredonia, Wisconsin!

Wild Ridge Farm - intro pic 1Wild Ridge Farm is the convergence of three highly-skilled and passionate individuals: Anna Metscher, Alissa Moore and Joseph Dittman. Anna and Alissa have a combined farming experience of eleven years and between the two of them have worked on or managed seven different highly diversified farms. Joseph has spent time gardening and volunteering on sustainable farms, and his skills as a carpenter, designer, and builder round out the crew. They approach their business partnership cooperatively and collaboratively: distributing the workload equally, listening to each other’s ideas, and allowing one another’s skills to shine. (more…)

Bootstrap @ Nightfall Farm – Welcome to our 2014 Season!

Nightfall Farm - intro pic 1You know that magic moment when you finally slam your tractor out of creeper gear and start to move with a bit of speed? Starting our farm is like that, only I didn’t realized we had been in creeper gear. My wife Liz and I have been working on farms in New England for the last five years, and we’ve just moved home to Indiana to farm on our own. Welcome to Nightfall Farm! (more…)

Bootstrap @ Forager Farm – Welcome to the 2014 Season!

My name is Hannah Sargent and I am a marketer turned farmer turned marketing-farmer. My fiancé Jonathon Moser and I own and run Forager Farm, a vegetable CSA in central North Dakota and are in our first season!  We are on a mission to revive our food culture by providing fresh, local produce directly to our members.

Forager Farm - intro post 2In January 2013, we jetted off to Australia to live and work at Captain’s Creek Organic Farm, an organic vegetable farm located one hour north/northwest of Melbourne, Victoria. While there we managed a vegetable CSA (or vegetable box scheme as they say down under) with an average of 100 boxes going out to local customers within 100 miles of the farm every week. We learned the ins and outs of the operation and fell in love with it. (more…)

Announcing the 2014 Bootstrap Writer Series Winners!

We are excited to announce the start to the Bootstrap Writing Series of 2014!

This year we’ve selected four farmers from across the country who are in the early stages of starting their farms to share their season with the NYFC community.  Wild Ridge Farm - carrotsEach writer will be writing an piece once per month through the rest of this year, sharing the inside scoop of their operation. (more…)

Bootstrap @ The Golden Yoke – Looking Back, Looking Ahead

The Golden Yoke - lots of snowIt is hard to believe that this is our last post as Bootstrap Bloggers. This year has flown by; it seems like it was just a few weeks ago that we were writing our first installment. When we wrote the first blog, we were looking forward to spring and now we are settling into winter. As I write this we are under a winter weather watch with forecasts for several inches of snow. And for followers of our farm, you might remember that out here in the west farmers look anxiously to the mountains for lots of snow, guaranteeing good irrigation water for next summer.


Bootstrap @ The Golden Yoke – State Policy Comes to the Farm in Montana

Policy is one of those subjects that people either seem to love or hate. Some farmers have no interest in getting involved with policy, even though it might directly affect them. And clearly, most policy makers at higher levels of government have little interest or relation to farming. Bridging this divide to create policy that is responsive to the needs of dairy farmers across the United States is something that we both are active with and is a frequent topic of discussion on the farm.


Bootstrap @ The Golden Yoke – Marketing and Sales

The Golden Yoke - logoFor marketing, like the rest of our farm venture, we are starting small with big visions for the future. We currently have a logo, a Facebook page, a domain name, and are within a couple days of launching a Kickstarter campaign. We have visions of shirts, stickers, ice cream cartons, a scoop mobile, and much more.