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Choosing to Farm: New Generation Stories

Choosing to Farm: New Generation Stories

By Jennifer Colby
Stories and interviews by first and returning-generation farmers and ranchers about why they’ve been attracted to farming or ranching for their livelihoods.
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Ep. 18: Learning and Leading in Business with Dallas Mount
“Go and work for a bad boss. Go and spend some time breaking somebody else's machines, losing tens of thousands of dollars on their payroll, before you're doing it on your own payroll. That timing is probably somewhere between, two years at a minimum, and maybe ten years at a maximum. If you do it for much longer than ten years, you're probably going to be so dependent on that salary, it's gonna be really hard to step away from that and make some bold moves.” Dallas Mount is the CEO of Ranch Management Consultants, which is the home of the Ranching for Profit (RFP) School and the Executive Link program. As a town kid who fell in love with ranching to an Extension agent and eventual RFP Instructor, Dallas has spent most of his adult life around ranches in various stages of challenge and opportunity. He’s learned a lot. Our conversation ranged across topics like learning on other peoples’ places, being a good boss, becoming a competent business manager, owning land, and taking time to re-create yourself. Some resources mentioned in this episode: Ranching for Profit Young Adult RFP Additional links: Support the work at https://www.patreon.com/Choosetofarm Share the show with friends through www.choosingtofarm.com Leave a review HERE! Follow my IG at Jenn Colby (@hwfarmvt) • Instagram photos and videos Loving the pod music? Follow Chris Sargent at Chris Sargent (@chrissargentguitar) • Instagram photos and videos
01:03:13
May 26, 2022
Ep. 1.17 Is Choosing to Farm Enough? with Jenn Colby
“I think sometimes the choice to farm also means that folks choose not to have a life. They may not recognize it as that. Sometimes the choice to farm or ranch doesn't necessarily automatically set them up for that. Responsibility weighs really heavily on the shoulders of farmers and ranchers. I think everyone deserves to have a life but I really think that farmers and ranchers deserve to have a life. I just don't know if that always happens. And I don't know if the choice to farm is actually enough.” We can look at how we farm and ranch, we can look at all the technical stuff. We can change a lot of things about our business. But if we don't look at ourselves and actually start to change from the inside, then well, we're going to be in the same place. And I don't know if you want to be in the same place. Four years ago, I didn’t want to be in the same place. It took a different perspective and some work, but I’m on a new path and the load on my shoulders is a lot lighter. A little bit of a different episode today. Enjoy, friends. Some resources mentioned in this episode: Books: The Success Principles: How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Jack Canfield and Janet Switzer Other Useful links: Support the work at https://www.patreon.com/Choosetofarm Got comments, questions or ideas? Email me at choosingtofarm@gmail.com Follow my IG at Jenn Colby (@hwfarmvt) • Instagram photos and videos Loving the pod music? Follow Chris Sargent at Chris Sargent (@chrissargentguitar) • Instagram photos and videos
01:21:45
April 30, 2022
Ep. 1.16 Margaret Chamas Part 2 and Listener Comments
“For people who get into extension and especially stick with it, there's this compulsive need to make those connections. Now I consider myself a bit of a subject matter expert on goats, but as an extension agent, I wasn't the subject matter expert on pretty much anything. Especially since it was a crops county, and I'm a livestock person, but I was the connection finder.  I was the one who would say, hey, you need to talk to X, Y, or Z, or I know so and so's doing this in whatever county, or here's this researcher who I know is looking for people to help with that.” We finish up our second part of the chat with Margaret and read some listener comments. Lots of gold to hear and respond to in this episode! Storm Dancer Farm website Storm Dancer Farm Facebook Stormdancer Farm email Some resources mentioned in this episode: Goats on the Go American Solar Grazing Association Other Useful links: Follow the show, ask questions, write a review, support us at www.choosingtofarm.com We have a new Insider Tier and the Success Hub is open! http://www.patreon.com/choosetofarm Follow my IG at Jenn Colby (@hwfarmvt) • Instagram photos and videos Loving the pod music? Follow Chris Sargent at Chris Sargent (@chrissargentguitar) • Instagram photos and videos
46:38
April 23, 2022
Ep 1.15 Margaret Chamas Part 1
“For a long time, it's been just like struggling to get my farm to the bare minimum of what I would consider acceptable in my head. There was no pride, no accomplishment, because before that I was failing. So I was simply not failing now that I've done this thing. I'm trying really hard to be able to take accomplishment in the improvement, and the continuous improvement.” Margaret Chamas fell in love with goats through 4H. That was a life changer. She went to college for animal science, started working for farmer organizations after graduation, and began building her farm life piece by piece. Now she’s a full-time farmer running a Goats on the Go affiliate, shows goats, and does a heck of a lot of public education and customer service. Storm Dancer Farmwebsite Storm Dancer Farm Facebook Storm Dancer Farm Email Some resources mentioned in this episode: 4-H Program Practical Farmers of Iowa Grassfed Exchange MOSES Conference Goats on the Go Other Useful links: Follow the show, ask questions, write a review, support us at www.choosingtofarm.com We have a new Insider Tier and the Success Hub is open! http://www.patreon.com/choosetofarm Follow my IG at Jenn Colby (@hwfarmvt) • Instagram photos and videos Loving the pod music? Follow Chris Sargent at Chris Sargent (@chrissargentguitar) • Instagram photos and videos
59:36
April 11, 2022
Ep. 1.14 Abbie Corse
“Since coming back, it's been sort of this really challenging and interesting evolution to understand how a working mother who is not farming with her partner can take over an operation that has traditionally been run by four to six people. “ Abbie Corse grew up hating cows. She went to school for journalism and got involved with arts administration. Then she realized what a lack of seasonal work and attachment to a land base was doing to her mental health. She and her husband chose to move home and Abbie began to reconstruct her relationship with the farm, the experience of working with her parents, and the role of women farmers in the future of Vermont agriculture. The Corse Farm website The Corse Farm Instagram Some resources mentioned in this episode: Dairy Grazing Apprentice Program Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment School for International Training Other Useful links: Three Tips for Better Communication FREE Workshop April 5 at 1 pm Eastern! Follow the show, ask questions, write a review, support us at www.choosingtofarm.com We have a new Insider Tier at http://www.patreon.com/choosetofarm Follow my IG at Jenn Colby (@hwfarmvt) • Instagram photos and videos Loving the pod music? Follow Chris Sargent at Chris Sargent (@chrissargentguitar) • Instagram photos and videos
01:19:03
April 11, 2022
Ep 1.13 Ashlyn Bristle & Abraham McClurg
“The jobs that I worked were a pickle factory and a spinnery and an apple orchard, All of those were learning how to operate in a system watching how other people create systems and deal with the logistics of production. I think now that's made me a pretty strong systems thinker. I'm good at being strategic and good at looking at the entire large moving sort of juggernaut of the farm and identifying where it's not working.”—Ashlyn Bristle Ashlyn Bristle and Abraham McClurg come from a variety of backgrounds in art, education, cooking, and non-profit management. They met at a dance and “have been dancing ever since”. Their dance has included homesteading, renting land, buying a steep hillside farm, and growing a business through the stresses of COVID. Along the way, they’ve focused on setting up good systems, balancing farm time and couple time, and figuring out what enterprises they’ll keep doing and which they’ll drop. Rebop Farm media: http://www.rebopfarm.com Rebop Farm email Rebop Farm Instagram Some resources mentioned in this episode: New England Grazing Network NOFA Vermont (Jen Miller) FAMACHA—parasite management technique Books: Range: Why Generalists Thrive in a Specialized World by David Epstein Other Useful links: Join our mailing list at www.choosingtofarm.com to get insider stuff! Support the podcast through http://www.patreon.com/choosetofarm Follow my IG at Jenn Colby (@hwfarmvt) • Instagram photos and videos Loving the pod music? Follow Chris Sargent at Chris Sargent (@chrissargentguitar) • Instagram photos and videos Please note: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
01:21:38
March 27, 2022
Ep. 1.12 Jenn Colby on Leadership, Introverts, and Being a Real Farmer
“It feels scary to work with a dangerous animal, but it's within our wheelhouse. To do something that is unknown--to reach out, to ask for help, to admit we don't know--to go into that sort of dark place outside of our circle of control and our circle of knowledge into some nebulous “out there”, so that we can make that circle bigger--THAT’s scary. I gotta tell you, once you open that door, once you open that circle, it's COOL. It's really cool. You sort of see the world in a different way. And feel lighter.”—Jenn Colby A fun two-solo-minis in this episode, with host Jenn Colby. First, a Chore Chat…headphones on, chores in the background set of observations and ruminations around the topic of leadership and what makes a leader, or even how leadership skills can be developed. Is this something you think about much in farming or ranching? I sure do! There are plenty of leaders around us all the time in agriculture, who just don’t see themselves that way. The second mini is the story of my first sheep and the moment of clarity I had—after years of raising animals—that NOW I was finally a REAL farmer. Some resources mentioned in this episode: Howling Wolf Farm website Books: The Vision Driven Leader by Michael Hyatt The Success Principles: How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Jack Canfield and Janet Switzer Other Useful links: Follow the show: Choosing to Farm web site Got comments, questions or ideas? Email me at choosingtofarm@gmail.com Follow my IG at Jenn Colby (@hwfarmvt) • Instagram photos and videos Support the work at https://www.patreon.com/Choosetofarm Loving the pod music? Follow Chris Sargent at Chris Sargent (@chrissargentguitar) • Instagram photos and videos
54:50
March 19, 2022
Ep. 1.11 Jesse McDougall Part 2
“I think that climate change, and the collapse of so many of our ecological systems is the pressure that's going to push human evolution into a new phase. And I think that has to be the story. “ Part 2 of my conversation with Vermont farmer Jesse McDougall ranged a little more widely than just the choice to farm, but that choice shouldn’t be something made within a vacuum. Processing, marketing, aggregation, and broader environmental impacts are all part of the picture in a farm ecosystem. We also talk about Jesse’s use of a new, regeneratively focused funding source that matches up farmers in need with farm supporters seeking to invest their money in growing a healthier world. This episode is the second part of two. Studio Hill Farm media: studiohill.farm Studio Hill contact Studio Hill Instagram Some resources mentioned in this episode: Steward Regenerative Agriculture Funding Regenerative Food Network Southshire Meats New England Grazing Network Other Useful links: Follow the show, ask questions, write a review, support us at www.choosingtofarm.com http://www.patreon.com/choosetofarm Follow my IG at Jenn Colby (@hwfarmvt) • Instagram photos and videos Loving the pod music? Follow Chris Sargent at Chris Sargent (@chrissargentguitar) • Instagram photos and videos
58:23
March 12, 2022
Ep. 1.10 Jesse McDougall Part 1
“It was the next generation for the farm…and so it came to [my wife] Cally or nobody. And we thought, well, hell, we might be better than nobody. So we raised our hand and said, “Let us give it a shot.” Jesse McDougall had never farmed. His wife Cally had grown up adjacent to her four-generation-family’s farm, but neither had any idea what might happen when they decided to shift from coding web sites to managing land. Through their painful introduction, they learned firsthand what happens when chemical-dependent land loses its crutch and found themselves stumbling toward the path of regenerative agriculture, scaling their businesses, and the pieces and parts needed to rebuild a whole food system. This episode is the first part of two. Studio Hill Farm media: studiohill.farm Studio Hill contact Studio Hill Instagram Some resources mentioned in this episode: Savory Institute Regenerative Food Network Southshire Meats Books: Cows Save the Planet by Judith Schwartz Other Useful links: Follow the show, ask questions, write a review, support us at www.choosingtofarm.com http://www.patreon.com/choosetofarm Follow my IG at Jenn Colby (@hwfarmvt) • Instagram photos and videos Loving the pod music? Follow Chris Sargent at Chris Sargent (@chrissargentguitar) • Instagram photos and videos Please note: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
01:02:11
March 06, 2022
Ep. 1.9 Christian Wiedemann
“I think part of the reason that I have pursued a career in real estate development in addition to being involved with my family’s [ranch] business is because there’s so much overlap…if you don’t understand the land piece, then you’re missing a big piece of the picture. Christian Wiedemann is the 5th generation on his family’s ranch, located near San Francisco. He grew up hosting school field trips for cattle branding events, and watching the increased interface between the suburbs and their livestock-land management. He went away to school, working in renewable energy and real estate. After a failed effort at a family management transfer, Christian is pivoting in a new direction—working to solve the challenge (and often disconnect) of land values and livestock businesses. Christian’s question for our listeners to consider: “What if it was possible to purchase ranchland in a way that provides an attractive return for investors, improves the health and productivity of the land, and enhances local communities?". What would that look like? Please send him your thoughts—he’d truly like to know! Christian’s media: newlegacycompany.com christian@newlegacycompany.com Some resources mentioned in this episode: Executive Link Program by Ranch Management Consultants Other Useful links: Follow the show, ask questions, write a review, support us at www.choosingtofarm.com http://www.patreon.com/choosetofarm Follow my IG at Jenn Colby (@hwfarmvt) • Instagram photos and videos Loving the pod music? Follow Chris Sargent at Chris Sargent (@chrissargentguitar) • Instagram photos and videos
51:33
February 26, 2022
Ep. 1.8 Kristen Judkins
“So I went around on the farm tour and I went to check out all their barns and I spent like eight weeks almost every day going to visit somebody, talking about their sheep. Going from barn to barn I realized, ‘Oh, everybody does this really differently.’ Kristen Judkins didn’t expect to become a farmer, in fact, she’s not even sure she’s comfortable with the term, but she moved to Vermont and fell in love with fiber arts. Then the Great Goat Giveaway happened…well, she’ll tell that story. As a solo farmer starting from scratch, she’s had a lot to figure out. Starting with goats and now raising sheep, Kristen has learned plenty from her neighbors, listened to shepherds all around the region, and experienced the full range of emotions that farming can bring. She balances farming with her other career and—one of my favorite topics—thinks that vacation is something all farmers need for their mental health. Gilead Fiber Farm web site Gilead Fiber Farm Facebook Gilead Fiber Farm Instagram Some resources mentioned in this episode: Grandview Farm Books: The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery Other Useful links: Follow the show, ask questions, write a review, support us at www.choosingtofarm.com http://www.patreon.com/choosetofarm Follow my IG at Jenn Colby (@hwfarmvt) • Instagram photos and videos Loving the pod music? Follow Chris Sargent at Chris Sargent (@chrissargentguitar) • Instagram photos and videos Please note: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
01:12:02
February 19, 2022
Ep. 1.7 Tip Hudson
“Rangeland science is this crazy complex combination of living and non-living things and people. It’s not simple at all.” While the Art of Range host Tip Hudson is an experienced rangeland ecologist on the technical side, I was deeply interested in his take on the value and importance of “long form conversation”. We chatted about brain science, new and old(er) ranchers, who should be listening to and learning from (both of) our podcasts, and the fact that our grazing ecosystems require both knowledge and wise application. Some resources mentioned in this episode: Art of Range podcast Books: Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age by Sherry Turkle Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less From Each Other by Sherry Turkle The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicolas Carr Other Useful links: Follow the show, ask questions, write a review, support us at www.choosingtofarm.com Follow my IG at Jenn Colby (@hwfarmvt) • Instagram photos and videos Loving the pod music? Follow Chris Sargent at Chris Sargent (@chrissargentguitar) • Instagram photos and videos Please note: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
53:20
February 12, 2022
Ep. 1.6 Austin & Maggie Troyer
“I think for me, my pre-farming life had little experience in farming, but I think the way my parents raised me, it’s just being honest. It’s working hard and trying to build something bigger than you.”—Austin Troyer Austin and Maggie Troyer of Crossroads Land + Livestock in Ohio figured out pretty early in life what they didn’t want to do, which led them to farming right out of high school. Austin started by working on a beef ranch for several years and then out on his own with custom cattle, sheep, pigs, and poultry. He and Maggie have tested and tried plenty of enterprises and have lessons to share for us all about time, family, marriage, profitability, and quality of life. Some resources mentioned in this episode: Crossroads Land + Livestock (crossroadslandandlivestock.com) Crossroads Land + Livestock (@crossroadslandandlivestock) • Instagram photos and videos Crossroads Land + Livestock | Facebook Other Useful links: Ranch Management Consultants (Ranching for Profit School and Executive Link Program) Choosing to Farm private FB group Essentialism by Greg McKeown The Blue Buddha Shop - Beaded Fringe Earrings, Custom Designs Follow the show, ask questions, write a review, support us at www.choosingtofarm.com Follow my IG at Jenn Colby (@hwfarmvt) • Instagram photos and videos Loving the pod music? Follow Chris Sargent at Chris Sargent (@chrissargentguitar) • Instagram photos and videos
01:09:15
February 05, 2022
Ep 1.5 Jinny Hardy Cleland
“Problem solvers make the best farmers. If you’re not a problem solver, it makes your farming life so much harder.”  I’ve known Jinny Cleland of Four Springs Farm in Royalton, Vermont for more than 20 years, which is about half of the time she’s been farming. We’ve had great long talks about farming, business, faith (she is a Christian Scientist), and much more while processing turkeys together. When you are elbow-deep in bird carcass and wet feathers, you really get to know a person.  I have great appreciation for the way she embraced farming from a very different background, the lessons she has learned, and how her enterprises have evolved to better fit her desires, skills and profit targets over the years. It feels like we all talk a lot about getting farmers and ranchers onto the land, but we don’t go back often enough and ask them how that went.  As Jinny says, “We only know what we know; it doesn’t matter how smart we are. If we haven’t had exposure to it, we don’t know.”  Some resources mentioned in this episode:  Four Springs Farm web site Jinny’s contact info: 802.763.7296, fourspringsfarm@gmail.com  Other Useful links mentioned: Onpasture.com grazing news & information you can use now Producer’s Voice Southern Soil podcast  Follow the show: www.choosingtofarm.com  Got comments, questions or ideas? Email me at choosingtofarm@gmail.com  Follow my IG at Jenn Colby (@hwfarmvt)  Support the work at https://www.patreon.com/Choosetofarm  Loving the pod music? Follow Chris Sargent's IG at Chris Sargent (@chrissargentguitar) 
54:17
January 29, 2022
Ep 1.4 Matt Skoglund
On first thinking about ranching bison, Matt said he thought “I’m a kid from suburban Chicago, I could never do that.” And then he went on with his day. As he describes it, “I didn’t entertain the thought of it, really. But then months later, it was still there.”  Matt Skoglund didn’t start as a ranch kid or even a kid from the country. He had a couple of different careers before deciding in 2017 with his wife Sarah to find a ranch and begin raising bison outside Bozeman, Montana. In 2018, North Bridger Bison was born. Along the way, Matt has learned a lot about working with bison, finding and accessing property, that great people are everywhere, and a sense of humor and humility is essential for this type of work.  Some resources mentioned in this episode:  North Bridger Bison website North Bridger Bison Instagram North Bridger Bison Facebook  Referenced people: Roland Kroos, Holistic Management consultant www.crossroadsranchconsulting.com Caroline Nelson, rancher @bigskycaroline Books: Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard Buffalo for the Broken Heart by Dan O’Brien Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold Small Giants by Bo Burlingham Nourishment by Fred Provenza  Resources: Stockman Grass Farmer On Pasture  Podcasts: Mountain & Prairie  Other Useful links: Follow the show or support the work: Choosing to Farm web site Got comments, questions or ideas? Email me at choosingtofarm@gmail.com Follow my IG at Jenn Colby (@hwfarmvt) • Instagram photos and videos Loving the pod music? Follow Chris Sargent at Chris Sargent (@chrissargentguitar) • Instagram photos and videos Please note: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Which I will likely use to buy more books to share with you!
01:10:25
January 22, 2022
Ep. 1.3 Jenn Colby & Chris Sargent
“People who don’t farm don’t realize how much it really governs what you can and can not do with the construct of your lives. Unless you’ve got the systems in place to manage that stuff.”—Chris Sargent When I had the idea to start this podcast, my husband Chris Sargent was fully on board and very supportive of my goal to share the stories of first-generation and other farmers making the conscious choice to make livestock farming a serious part of their lives. After a few interviews and a question I posed in our CTF Facebook group (“As a farmer what do you wish someone had told you?”, he realized he’d wished the question had been “As a farmer’s spouse, what do you wish someone had told you?”. That prompted this conversation around what happens when one partner wants to farm and the other is not a farmer. Some resources mentioned in this episode: Howling Wolf Farm website Books: Daring Greatly by Brene Brown Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson and others Just Listen by Mark Goulston Other Useful links: Follow the show: Choosing to Farm: New Generation Stories • A podcast on Anchor Got comments, questions or ideas? Email me at choosingtofarm@gmail.com Follow my IG at Jenn Colby (@hwfarmvt) • Instagram photos and videos Support the work at https://www.patreon.com/Choosetofarm Loving the pod music? Follow Chris Sargent at Chris Sargent (@chrissargentguitar) • Instagram photos and videos
01:02:08
January 15, 2022
Ep. 1.2 Randy & Lisa Robar
“Yeah, neither Lisa or I grew up on a farm. So this is all new. This was not in our plans. I was chasing the corporate ladder. She was a public-school teacher. Then we started to look into food, which is a spiral. A downward spiral, if you start to do that, because you discover that so much of the food in a supermarket—that’s not really food, and it's probably not healthy for you. And so our solution was, fine, we'll just grow our own.”—Randy Robar Randy and Lisa Robar didn’t expect to become dairy farmers, in fact it was the furthest thing from their minds. Then they moved to Vermont, met a fellow named Joe, and fell down a rabbit hole of local food appreciation and production. They've raised pigs, cows, chickens and hundreds of interns all while learning about the enterprises that work (and don’t) for them, the tools of the trade (ice trackers!), and teaching patience to a whole new generation. Some resources mentioned in this episode: Kiss the Cow Farm website Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) Other Useful links: Follow the show: Choosing to Farm: New Generation Stories • A podcast on Anchor Got comments, questions or ideas? Email me at choosingtofarm@gmail.com Follow my IG at Jenn Colby (@hwfarmvt) • Instagram photos and videos Support the work at https://www.patreon.com/Choosetofarm Loving the pod music? Follow Chris Sargent at Chris Sargent (@chrissargentguitar) • Instagram photos and videos
51:12
January 08, 2022
Ep 1.1 Marc & Cheryl Cesario
“I would say the overarching of all of this is actually understanding that this is a business. Right? It’s great, it’s farming, it’s pastoral. It’s all these things., but at the end of the day, this is a business and a business needs certain things to exist and function.”—Cheryl Cesario Thanks for joining our inaugural episode, featuring Marc and Cheryl Cesario of Meetingplace Pastures in Cornwall, Vermont. Marc and Cheryl have been farming at their current location since 2009, joining their personal and business lives together right from the start. They currently graze cattle and sheep through a combination of owned and [mostly] rented land, but have run through different enterprises since their start. As the Cesarios discuss...farming, business, family, and life are all works in progress, though the specific challenges have evolved over time. Enjoy! Some resources mentioned in this episode: Meeting Place Pastures - Home Ranching for Profit: Ranching For Profit School – RMC (ranchmanagement.com) Ranching as a business: Ranching as a Business - YouTube Simon Sinek: Start With Why Robert Kiyosaki: Rich Dad Poor Dad: The #1 Best-Selling Personal Finance Book Ever Jim Collins: Good to Great Michael Gerber: The E-Myth Revisited | Michael E. Gerber Companies (michaelegerbercompanies.com) Other Useful links: Follow the show: Choosing to Farm: New Generation Stories • A podcast on Anchor Got comments, questions or ideas? Email me at choosingtofarm@gmail.com Follow my IG at Jenn Colby (@hwfarmvt) • Instagram photos and videos Support the work at https://www.patreon.com/Choosetofarm Loving the pod music? Follow Chris Sargent at Chris Sargent (@chrissargentguitar) • Instagram photos and videos
01:12:03
January 01, 2022
Chore Chat: Intentions
When we do physical work, lots of us think deep thoughts. I recorded this mini episode as an experiment...what sort of deep thoughts come out on the topic of setting intentions, in the middle pf chores?  Let me know if you like this format...and I would love to hear your thoughts about other topics for a Chore Chat! For more than 25 years, I’ve been working with farmers on all kinds of production, natural resource, business, and success issues. What I’ve come to realize is that it’s rarely animal health or production skills that cause folks to fail or succeed. It has a lot more to do with the NON-farming side of being business owners. The upshot is that no one taught us this, and there’s a lot to learn about from other industries. I’ve been digging into this over the past few years and have a few lessons to share. Even if you don't want to join the Choosing to Farm FB group, I recorded the Zoom presentation and there's even a workbook for you to download and use.  Want the recording link and PDF file? Zip me an email at choosingtofarm@gmail.com.  "Start with what you want to create, and start with how you intend to show up in 2022." Other Useful links: Follow the show: Choosing to Farm: New Generation Stories • A podcast on Anchor Got comments, questions or ideas? Email me at choosingtofarm@gmail.com Follow my IG at Jenn Colby (@hwfarmvt) • Instagram photos and videos Support the work at https://www.patreon.com/Choosetofarm Loving the pod music? Follow Chris Sargent at Chris Sargent (@chrissargentguitar) • Instagram photos and videos
20:19
December 28, 2021
Preview Mini-Ep 0.1 Why Choosing to Farm?
I've been spending a lot of time thinking about why I even wanted to do this podcast. (Why I think this is even a good idea, I mean.) What I have come to realize is that I want there to be more farmers and ranchers in the world. I want there to be more people managing livestock on the land, in responsible and regenerative ways. I want there to be more livestock farmers who actually make a living managing livestock. I want there to be profitable livestock farms and ranches, and healthy families. What I'm hoping to accomplish with the podcast is that we help people connect to other people who have success of all kinds, and with resources to help them learn more about running farms and ranches like businesses. I really want there to be livestock people who take vacations to allow themselves to rest, to be at their best for themselves and their families. And I don't think that those have to be mutually exclusive.  I hope you enjoy this mini episode...full-length interviews start January 1! Useful links: Follow the show: Choosing to Farm: New Generation Stories • A podcast on Anchor Got comments, questions or ideas? Email me at choosingtofarm@gmail.com Follow my IG at Jenn Colby (@hwfarmvt) • Instagram photos and videos Support the work at https://www.patreon.com/Choosetofarm Loving the pod music? Follow Chris Sargent at Chris Sargent (@chrissargentguitar) • Instagram photos and videos
14:35
December 18, 2021
Choosing to Farm: New Generation Stories
Are you a first- or returning-generation farmer or rancher? Maybe you want to hear the stories of those who’ve made the leap? Join us weekly starting January 1, as we dive into the large and small moments that make us choose to farm.
01:41
October 06, 2021