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

Is social media working for your farm?

Even if we may prefer the company of cows or the peace of a field to the company of others, marketing is an undeniable part of operating a successful small farm or business. The Golden Yoke in Montana uses Facebook to build a loyal base of supporters as they start out their farm business. Farm conferences around the country now regularly offer marketing and social media training specifically to help nudge the more introverted among us and to assist... Read More

BOOTSTRAP @ NORTH COUNTRY CREAMERY – DEVELOPING A MARKETING PLAN

By Ashlee Kleinhammer of North Country Creamery Speaking with a customer at the farmers market.   This year we took a multi-prong approach to marketing. I was striving toward an ideal that we would sell most of our products through a CSA. We managed to serve around a dozen members locally, and twenty-eight members through Juniper Hill Farms’ Farmigo share (a CSA service managed completely online). The local CSA operated like a pre-paid credit... Read More

BOOTSTRAP @ NORTH COUNTRY CREAMERY – REFLECTIONS ON TRAINING FOR A NEW FARMER

By Ashlee Kleinhammer of North Country Creamery I first landed on the east coast almost a decade ago, my initiation into dairy farming was watching the herdswoman, Judith, at Hawthorne Valley Farm tend the sixty Brown Swiss beasts. “I can never do that, but how freaking inspiring…” It’s an understatement to say that much has changed for me over these years. Like I mentioned in other posts, I started farming at educational farms because I liked... Read More