Bootstrap @ Nightfall Farm – Looking Back on our First Year

When I switched from working on farms to starting our own farm, I also needed to transition from wearing glasses to peering through a telescope. By which I mean to say that I need to look further down the line in order to run a farm than I ever did as a farm laborer. I know that is not a surprising, groundbreaking insight to any of you reading this blog, but that “zoom” is the most significant perspective that I have gained this year. For instance,... Read More

Bootstrap @ Wild Ridge Farm – The Joy of Community

Many days this summer began with Anna, Joseph and myself tumbling out of our little red Mazda pickup into the field around 7 am, and beginning the morning’s tasks. Soon after, another red truck – this time a 90’s model Tacoma – would drive through the open gate in the deer fence around our field and our flower farmer friend Courtney would emerge. Her business partner Jamie would also often show up within the hour. They would start... Read More

Thanks to Everyone for an Incredible Winter Supper

Last week the National Young Farmers Coalition hosted our first Young Farmer Winter Supper at Wythe Hotel. We met over a hundred of incredible like-minded people devoted to promoting NYFC’s cause and mission. Click here for some great images of the event to get a sense of what was shared that evening at the Winter Supper. We would be remiss if we did not take this opportunity to once again thank all of our generous sponsors –Etsy, Stonyfield... Read More

Bootstrap Dairy Farmer Video Release!

The Bootstrap Dairy Farmer Videos are finally here! In 2013, five young women chronicled their experiences of starting dairy farms on our Bootstrap Blog. In the long-awaited final installment of the series, three of the women take us to their farms in short films. Watch now and see how these women overcome icy temps, broken tractors, early mornings and a tough farm sector. Films are produced by Farm Run Media and sponsored by Stonyfield.  You can... Read More

Bootstrap @ Wild Ridge Farm – Debating the Policies of Organic Certification

As someone who has spent many hours paging through codes and regulations in an attempt to develop a compliant organic system plan (OSP), I understand why many small farmers find the process too arduous and time-consuming to be worth their while. And yet, I also understand and appreciate the rigorous and meticulous nature of the certification process which gives real meaning to the USDA Organic label: a certification which takes no effort to obtain... Read More

Young Farmer Winter Supper – February 19th in New York City

Join us at the Young Farmer Winter Supper on February 19 for an evening of farm-fresh food, fellowship and startup stories, featuring short films by women dairy farmers, presented by Etsy, Stonyfield Farm and Wythe Hotel. Farm-to- Fork Feast prepared by Chef Mona Talbott of Talbott & Arding Cheese and Provisions and Chef Sean Rembold of Reynard and Marlowe & Sons. Startup stories and artisanal cheese tasting by Young Women Dairy Farmers: Sarah... Read More

Bootstrap @ Forager Farm – The Farming Community

Creating a community of food lovers has always been at the top of our to-do list. A community that is centered on food but goes beyond just the consumption, one that supports sustainable practices in not just farming, but day-to-day living. Our first year of operation hasn’t allowed for much community building. In fact, it hasn’t allowed for much beyond just surviving. We realized quickly we bit off more than we could chew and decided we needed... Read More

Bootstrap @ Wild Ridge Farm – Farmer Training

It was clear from the beginning of my farming internship at Chubby Bunny Farm that my boss, Dan Hayhurst, loved the work of growing vegetables. Most mornings I would be lying in bed, just waking up around 6:30 am, and I’d hear his truck roll up to the barn. I’d listen as Dan got out and started hauling sacks of feed out of the barn to drive out to the small flock of chickens and few pigs on pasture. This was my cue to get up and stumble about... Read More

Bootstrap @ Nightfall Farm – Building Community

In the last five years, each place Liz and I called home came with a vibrant agricultural support network. Simply by the virtue of location, we were surrounded by farmers, friends and food that guided and taught us what we know and how we act. We still rely on this former (and yet current) network, calling with questions and concerns that are answered with generosity and encouragement. But now we live in a different state, and our Indiana home is... Read More

Bootstrap @ Forager Farm: Where Policy Meets the New Farm

As a first-year farm selling direct-to-consumer vegetables policy is not something we’ve had to deal much with as of yet. However, the overarching Food Safety Modernization Act or FSMA rules still to be implemented tend to hang over the decisions we make as a farm in the next couple of years. We have plans of integrating livestock into our vegetable operation, including a small goat dairy as well as laying hens and pastured pork. This allows us... Read More

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