spirithorse21: (CSA)
Today I have learned about dairy cows, keeping dairy herds on grass pastures, and seasonal dairying. I have also learned about several different organizations I can and will contact to help me with this venture. No. 1 on the list was my local extension agent ... I just sent her an email. I asked her to give me more information of grass-based and seasonal dairying, as well as alerting her that I wanted more information on starting a CSA in general.

It's all very exciting. My reading list for the next two years appears to include almost nothing but non-fiction books about farming. spiffy.

Who needs a degree in higher education? The public library is my new best friend (actually, it was already a very good friend), and I will be getting in touch with all kinds of experts on this that and the other, all concerning agriculture ... and a few business executives too. Cool.
spirithorse21: (CSA)
Today I have learned about dairy cows, keeping dairy herds on grass pastures, and seasonal dairying. I have also learned about several different organizations I can and will contact to help me with this venture. No. 1 on the list was my local extension agent ... I just sent her an email. I asked her to give me more information of grass-based and seasonal dairying, as well as alerting her that I wanted more information on starting a CSA in general.

It's all very exciting. My reading list for the next two years appears to include almost nothing but non-fiction books about farming. spiffy.

Who needs a degree in higher education? The public library is my new best friend (actually, it was already a very good friend), and I will be getting in touch with all kinds of experts on this that and the other, all concerning agriculture ... and a few business executives too. Cool.
spirithorse21: (Natural Horsemanship)
I'm looking for some advice on starting a farm. My goal is to get up and running 2-3 years from now.

I want to run a Community Supported Agriculture farm that also has a horse riding and training program. I plan to keep dairy cows, horses, chickens, and produce. My goal is sustainable agriculture and then community education.

I have written a basic business plan, but there are so many pieces to the puzzle that need to be completed, and I'm sure I don't know about them all. Currently, I am doing lots of research on the internet and reading a lot of books. I will need to buy the land yet. I'm looking between 40-100 acres. I know that's a big range, but I think it's reasonable. I have researched agriculture loans from Farm Service Agency and I think I will qualify for one of them.



So, for those that started your own business, what is some invaluable advice that you can give? What unexpected things cropped up for you?

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spirithorse21: (Natural Horsemanship)
I'm looking for some advice on starting a farm. My goal is to get up and running 2-3 years from now.

I want to run a Community Supported Agriculture farm that also has a horse riding and training program. I plan to keep dairy cows, horses, chickens, and produce. My goal is sustainable agriculture and then community education.

I have written a basic business plan, but there are so many pieces to the puzzle that need to be completed, and I'm sure I don't know about them all. Currently, I am doing lots of research on the internet and reading a lot of books. I will need to buy the land yet. I'm looking between 40-100 acres. I know that's a big range, but I think it's reasonable. I have researched agriculture loans from Farm Service Agency and I think I will qualify for one of them.



So, for those that started your own business, what is some invaluable advice that you can give? What unexpected things cropped up for you?

x-posted to [livejournal.com profile] equestrian

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