A day in my life: 15 miles and one noisy cat

By Derek Emadi, Emadi Acres A day in the life of this farmer can vary, but since I began farming full time, I wake up in a great mood. I can usually get a few giggles and smiles out of my pre-coffee, drowsy wife, a feat in its own right, I assure you. But I digress. I understand fully how blessed I am to live the way I was meant to, which undoubtedly correlates to my happiness as a human and as a steward of planet earth. It doesn’t matter... Read More

Nine months, 20 chickens, and $300: BOOTSTRAP AT EMADI ACRES FARM

By Derek Emadi, Emadi Acres Moving from a decent paying job to a job that reduces your income to below the poverty level is scary! But once you’re at the bottom, you know there is only one way to go. I conceded to my wife before I quit my teaching job that she would be the breadwinner for many years to come. It doesn’t bother me in the least bit, and she is completely cool with it. Man, am I lucky! If I had a chance to do college all... Read More

Death happens (and other facts about being a farmer) – BOOTSTRAP AT EMADI ACRES

By Derek Emadi, Emadi Acres We asked each of our Bootstrap Bloggers to tell us the top five things people should know about farming. This is Derek’s list: 1) Love thy organic matter Simply put, always accumulate organic matter. If you farm, whether it’s mulch, hay, manure, leaves, topsoil, cardboard, etc, take what’s free. People are always getting rid of wonderful organic matter. It’s a great resource that is often overlooked or... Read More

Weddings and chickens: A farm business plan – Bootstrap at Emadi Acres Farm

By Derek Emadi, Emadi Acres The beauty of farming is that there are many avenues to make money, though you have to work extremely hard to get it. I have a silly dream of having all of my business commerce happen here on the farm. Not that I am necessarily a hermit, I just never like leaving my property because it’s where I always want to be. That dream is many years off, so for now I go where the money is. In my first year of farming, I tested... Read More

Getting by with a little help from your friends … Plus savings and grants

By Derek Emadi, Emadi Acres So many stories about farming in the media feature people who left their well-paying jobs in corporate America to start a farm business. The stories always include the folks admitting how difficult their type of farming is, but conclude with how prosperous they have become in their venture. If you to want to be a farmer and are fortunate enough to have a large bank account, I can imagine things being a lot easier. The... Read More

“Nature boy” finds his calling – BOOTSTRAP AT EMADI ACRES FARM

By Derek Emadi, Emadi Acres As far back as I can remember, one of the only places I felt peace as a hyperactive kid was on my grandparent’s property. Their land was located in a small town west of San Antonio, Texas. The town was small enough that my cousins, brother, and I could walk unescorted to various shops to browse their candy selections. We had so much freedom when we were there. Freedom from school, television, and parents! My impatient... Read More

Bootstrap at Emadi Acres Farm – Meet Derek

Welcome to our 2015 Bootstrap Blog series! We’ve been introducing you to our four Bootstrap Bloggers, who are all in their first or second year of running a farm. Throughout the season, each Bootstrap Blogger will write about the highs and lows, glory moments and curveballs that come with farming.   The seed of my farm started in the summer of 2011 while I was watching a documentary that featured a farmer lying on the ground, hanging... Read More

Farmshare Austin currently seeking veggie grower students

This just in from our Texas Young Farmer affiliate! Farmshare Austin (FSA) is a new 501c3 in Austin,TX dedicated to educating the next generation of organic vegetable growers in Central Texas. This fall we will accept our first class of students who will live and work on our educational farm as part of an intensive six month program. Produce grown on the educational farm will go to individuals in Austin who may otherwise find it difficult to access... Read More

Join the young farmer events in your area!

As we move into Spring, young farmer potlucks, meetings, and gatherings are popping up like wildflowers all over the country.  Today we want to highlight just a few, and give you some inspiration to start organizing in your region! In Albuquerque, NM, the brand-new Rio Grande Farmers’ Coalition is having its first annual Spring Farm Social.  Young and new farmers, as well as more experienced farmers and advocates, will celebrate the start... Read More