December 21st, 2016 is the shortest day of the year.
The Donkey Whisperer Farm is a blessing. We will thank GOD for this farm forever as our farm is GOD’s blessing.
GOD bless the farmer and his/her way of life!
Farmers work hard! No vacation time, no sick days, no time off.
Now for the good part!
- Every seed we plant will grow food. Food for animals to consume and eventually humans too.
- The land will reward us when we take the time to give back.
- Never expect anything less than what you put back into your soil as composting is gold for farmers.
- The farmer has a big office
- Farmers prepare for spring in the winter
- The farmer must be a planner and very careful with their budget
- Farmers get dirty every single day
- Farmers breathe fresh air every single day, rain, snow, wind or hot
- Farmers love to share as getting be a farmer is a blessing
- Farmers work hard and they are planners.
- GOD is in control. It is what it is when the bad year comes and when the good year comes. Farmers pray to God each and every day.
What to Consider?
- Vision and Values: A farm is both an extension of the vision and values of the individual(s) who start(s) it, and it has to be carefully planned to make sure that it fits within that vision as well as within the particular confines of the place where it is established.
- Place Matters: Direct market farms typically aren’t well suited for the rural heartland, and rice farming is not going to be successful on the arid plains of Eastern Washington. These are extreme examples, but there are important subtleties to every market and every plot of land.
- Planning: New farms need to have a well designed business plan that takes into consideration individual infrastructure and financial needs, the viability of marketing strategies, and the farmer’s production capacity and knowledge.
- Education and Experience: Preparation, knowledge, and training are essential. But so is being able adapt quickly to the unexpected, to persevere when factors beyond one’s control conspire against you, and knowing how/when/what/where to expend time, energy, and resources.
- Managing risk: It is helpful to plan careful to manage risk through diversification, financial management, and the ability to withstand a couple of bad years.
- Start small: For most beginning farmers, we advise starting small to allow time for details to be worked out, for additional learning to occur, and to mitigate the size and scope of problems that will inevitably arise.
- Wait for the funding to come before you grow your farm!
Source: So You Want To Be A Farmer
GOD Bless You And Your Family Two And Four-Legged!