Bootstrap @ Forager Farm – On Equipment and Capital

Unlike many other young farmers, we had access to land even before we made a concrete decision on whether to grow vegetables or not. We were fortunate enough to have family and friends willing to rent us a slice of land. Ultimately, we decided to rent land from some of our friends. This option allowed us access to some equipment as well as a place to live. Renting versus buying, whether land or equipment, allows us to get a feel for what works and... Read More

Innovative Farming in the Face of Climate Uncertainty

If you look at recent predictions about how climate change will affect farming in the driest third of the United States, you might at first feel as though everything is working against young agrarians.  Water levels of reservoirs behind dams on Western rivers are at the lowest levels since the dams were built; and the fossil fuel prices associated with pumping groundwater are rising as the aquifers are dropping. Urban water demand is squeezing out... Read More

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

Lemonade 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. Read More  Read 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. In January 2013, we jetted off to Australia to live and work at Captain’s Creek Organic Farm, an organic vegetable farm located one... Read More

Farmer Profile: Introducing Rock Paper Scissors Goat Dairy of Cummington, MA

Partners Angie Arahood and Lee Lewis are launching Rock Paper Scissors Goat Dairy, a goat micro­dairy selling Certified Grade A raw milk in Cummington, MA.  Read More  Read More

Resource Spotlight – Kiva Zip Helps Connect Supporting Communities with Entrepreneurs

Beginning farmers know that one of the biggest obstacles we face is access to capital and credit as we build our farms.  While there are a lot of commercial and governmental loan programs for farmers out there, many don’t have the flexibility or reach to assist those just starting their businesses.  We are lucky, however, to be seeing a growth in outside-the-mainstream resources available.  Kiva Zip is one such program. Kiva?  That Sounds... Read More

CSA Farmers – CSA Online Conference Coming Up On March 15

The CSA Expert Exchange is an online conference for CSA farmers (or those interested in learning more about running a CSA) Friday, March 15th, from 11am – 4pm EST (8am – 1pm PDT).  Topics include community involvement, strategies for increasing member retention, certifications, equipment, finding the right scale for your CSA operation, and legal issues Research indicates that many Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms are experiencing... Read More

Farm Commons Explains the Nuts and Bolts of CSA’s

Last month, I participated in a very helpful webinar by Farm Commons discussing the legal aspects of running a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program. It began by discussing how member/shareholder agreements can lay the groundwork for a positive relationship between CSA owners and members. According to Farm Commons, detailed agreements are the key to establishing expectations and responsibilities for both sides. Some examples of recommended... Read More

Farm Commons Explains the Nuts and Bolts of CSA’s

Last month, I participated in a very helpful webinar by Farm Commons discussing the legal aspects of running a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program. It began by discussing how member/shareholder agreements can lay the groundwork for a positive relationship between CSA owners and members. According to Farm Commons, detailed agreements are the key to establishing expectations and responsibilities for both sides. Some examples of recommended... Read More

Bootstrap @ Hartwood – Finding Time to Make Changes

The crops are mostly out of the ground, the fields and yard are picked up for winter, and our off-season project list has grown to seemingly impossible lengths.  We don’t want to praise anything too much though—last month’s blog where we celebrated our equipment making it through the season may have jinxed us.  Two days after writing that, our tractor engine blew, requiring complete rebuilding, including machining.  It was a tortuous... Read More

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