BOOTSTRAP @ FORAGER FARM – THE FARMING COMMUNITY

By Hannah Moser of Forager Farm 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... Read More

BOOTSTRAP @ FORAGER FARM – WHERE POLICY MEETS THE NEW FARM

By Hannah Moser of Forager 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... Read More

BOOTSTRAP @ FORAGER FARM – MARKETING THE STARTUP FARM:

By Hannah Moser of Forager Farm I’ve always viewed marketing as telling a story and there’s no better story to tell than the one of growing food and community. I feel a bit biased discussing marketing in farming. Before I decided to be a farmer, I was a marketer. I have a degree in Public Relations and Advertising and have done a lot of self-teaching on graphic design and web design. Therefore, I knew from the beginning that we’d have to create... Read More

BOOTSTRAP @ FORAGER FARM – ON TRAINING AND LEARNING

By Hannah Moser of Forager Farm Every single week we learn something new. We never stop learning. Farming is a profession where your weakest link and your biggest problems are apparent almost immediately. When Jonathon and I decided to start Forager Farm, we had a combined vegetable growing experience of roughly 10 years. We also had one full CSA season under our belt from our time spent working and learning at Captain’s Creek Organic Vegetable... Read More

BOOTSTRAP @ FORAGER FARM – ON EQUIPMENT AND CAPITAL:

By Hannah Sargeant of Forager Farm 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... Read More

BOOTSTRAP @ FORAGER FARM – EACH SEED HAS A STORY

By Hannah Sargeant of Forager Farm Each seed has a story. Some seeds have been passed down relatively unchanged for generations. Others have been breed for certain characteristics and traits. And others have been adapted for climates like North Dakota. In developing our seed order, it became apparent that we need seeds of all kinds (except GMO) in order to deliver quality product to our customers. Many of the seeds we purchased we’ve grown before... Read More

BOOTSTRAP @ FORAGER FARM – WHY I BECAME A FARMER

By Hannah Moser of Forager Farm When I was young I wanted to be many things: an architect, magazine editor, zoologist, but a farmer was not one of them. The closest idea of a farmer I had was my grandpa. I knew he had cattle, and a barn, and a lot of farming equipment, but eactly what he did I was unsure. So I followed the typical path of graduating high school, talking with guidance counselors, and deciding what major I would declare in college.... Read More

BOOTSTRAP @ FORAGER FARM – WELCOME TO THE 2014 SEASON!

By Hannah Moser of Forager Farm 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... Read More