Hello from the farm! (eBolters)

by Dane, Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 11:42 (207 days ago)

Just buzzing by for the biannual check in.
Farm is growing slowly. Last year was an awful year for crops, what with the drought.
Meat chickens were mildly successful. Too many customers said they wanted X number of birds, then bought zero birds when they were ready.
Rabbits are taking off nicely. We have a couple regulars for them at the farm stand, plus a small retail contract with a local co-op grocery store. Working on a wholesale deal with the meat processor we use to sell them live rabbits for them to resell. More money in that than selling our own.
We were planning on raising meat goats this year, but not wanting to get burned like with chickens, I'm requiring deposits up front. No real interest from our customers, so we likely won't bother.
Learning all sorts of fun skills. Built our farm stand and chicken coop from the ground up, replumbed the water lines in the house, running my own electrical while renovating rooms, putting up my own drywall, learned to skim coat old plaster. Fun shit like that.

Hi Farmer Dane!

by madmike, Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 11:54 (207 days ago) @ Dane

Getting the crop/animal that sells at the time people are gonna buy and not have something go wrong along the way is the main pain of farming. A lot of fortune telling and dumb luck goes into a good farm.

Do all the things for dam cheap and sell what works. :)

Yeah. Folks clamored for tomatoes and cukes last year, most of which were killed by the drought. Growing plenty of those this year.

by Dane, Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 12:04 (207 days ago) @ madmike

I'm also really enjoying growing garlic, and I sold most of my crop last year, so I've got about 500 plants in the ground this year. Working on researching black garlic to try to sell to the fancy restaurants in Portland and bar harbor.

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