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

Bootstrap @ Lemonade Springs Farm – The Tough Reality of Marketing the Start-Up

Marketing is the worst part of farming. Contrary arguments and examples exist, I suppose, outside my wallowing amidst the misery of my chosen profession. But this is a known truism; that the dirt-farmer’s is a challenging existence, a rough lot, made worse by the gristmill of the soul that is “sales”. I doubt anyone gets started in farming to get rich, nor do I think most farmers much care for marketing their products. Most of us would rather... Read More

Bootstrap @ Wild Ridge Farm – Developing a Market for the New Farm

Wild Ridge Farm relies on three converging streams of revenue: CSA membership sales, Farmer’s Market sales, and Restaurant sales. Approximately half of our revenue comes from CSA membership, which provides an essential preseason financial boost allowing us the crucial funds to buy seeds, potting mix, compost, and all the other bits and pieces necessary to get plants started early and ready to transplant as soon as soil and air temperatures allow.... Read More

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