The numbers game – Bootstrap at Furrow Horse Farm

By Caitlin Arnold, Furrow Horse Farm  Brandon and I started Furrow Horse Farm this year not entirely sure where it would take us, or where we would take it. We are farming on leased land, and signed a one-year lease to start out with. It is difficult to plan long-term for the farm and business when we don’t know how long we will be on this land or even how long we want to be on this land. We also both have off-farm jobs to help pay the bills, so... Read More

Getting by with a little help from your friends … Plus savings and grants

By Derek Emadi, Emadi Acres So many stories about farming in the media feature people who left their well-paying jobs in corporate America to start a farm business. The stories always include the folks admitting how difficult their type of farming is, but conclude with how prosperous they have become in their venture. If you to want to be a farmer and are fortunate enough to have a large bank account, I can imagine things being a lot easier. The... Read More

My Grandpa and the New Family Farm – BOOTSTRAP AT FURROW HORSE FARM

By Caitlin Arnold, Furrow Horse Farm  On February 13th of this year, I came home from work and played the new messages on our answering machine. My mom’s voice came across the line crying and hysterical, informing me that my grandpa had died that afternoon. My grandpa, Richard Norton, grew up farming cherries and apples in the Yakima Valley of eastern Washington State. He witnessed the transition from draft horses to tractors and the arrival... Read More

“Nature boy” finds his calling – BOOTSTRAP AT EMADI ACRES FARM

By Derek Emadi, Emadi Acres As far back as I can remember, one of the only places I felt peace as a hyperactive kid was on my grandparent’s property. Their land was located in a small town west of San Antonio, Texas. The town was small enough that my cousins, brother, and I could walk unescorted to various shops to browse their candy selections. We had so much freedom when we were there. Freedom from school, television, and parents! My impatient... Read More

Bootstrap at Furrow Horse Farm – Meet Caitlin

  Welcome to our 2015 Bootstrap Blog series! We’ve been introducing you to our four Bootstrap Bloggers, who are all in their first or second year of running a farm. Throughout the season, each Bootstrap Blogger will write about the highs and lows, glory moments and curveballs that come with farming.   My name is Caitlin Arnold, and I am a young farmer in Washington State. This year I’m celebrating my tenth year of farming and my first... Read More

Bootstrap at Emadi Acres Farm – Meet Derek

Welcome to our 2015 Bootstrap Blog series! We’ve been introducing you to our four Bootstrap Bloggers, who are all in their first or second year of running a farm. Throughout the season, each Bootstrap Blogger will write about the highs and lows, glory moments and curveballs that come with farming.   The seed of my farm started in the summer of 2011 while I was watching a documentary that featured a farmer lying on the ground, hanging... Read More

New Farmer Summit April 4-5!

Attention Midwestern Farmers! MOSES and Renewing the Countryside are hosting a New Farmer Summit April 4-5th outside Madison, WI! Read More  Read More

Apply now for the Oregon-based Advanced Farmer Training Program

OK, so you’ve been working on farms for a couple of years – now what? That’s the dilemma a lot of beginning farmers face, and it’s one that the folks at Rogue Farm Corps (RFC) are working to address.  Read More  Read More

Beginning Farmer Events at the SSAWG Conference

Headed to the SSAWG conference later this month?  Come out to a couple of beginning farmer mixers while you’re there to meet up with like-minded folks and get some dancing in!  These events are sponsored in part by the Southeast Young and Beginning Farmer Alliance, an NYFC affiliate.  (Haven’t heard about the conference or not yet registed?  It’s not too late – check out the conference web site for more information.) In... Read More