April Farm Finance Reports


Highlights From The Month:


Farmers on Instagram

Colby Layton - Sandia Pastured Meats April Report

This lamb would not go to the flock and its ma.  I ended up tackling it so that I could carry her close enough that she could see the others.  Once there, she ran to them and drank from her mother.

A smart farmer is one that is willing to adapt to new information and resources. Colby is no exception. Having now watched his online farm marketing efforts after he became a participant in the Farm Finance Challenge this guy does it all.

His latest adventure is into the world of instagram.

Any small business and even life itself is an iterative process. You try something, you test the results, and you try again. That's Colby. Not afraid to try something new on his farm or with his farm marketing.

In this month's report Colby shares his success with this new social media channel and what it has been doing for his customer engagement. He proves a point that new technology doesn't have to be a bad thing if it gets the job done.

Keeping your customers engaged and up to date with what is happening onthe farm will increase customer retention and word of mouth. That is most easily done these days with a smart phone and a social media account. Be open, be honest, and be ready for positive feedback.

Looking at You Business Holistically

John Suscovich - Camps Road Farm April Report

john suscovichYour tractor breaks, you lose a field of crops to pests, it downpours at a farmers' market and you don't hit your sales goal, stuff happens. Due to the nature of farming we tend to get caught up in all the details big and small that seemingly matter a lot with how your farm operates.

I mean, this stuff really weighs on us, and it is hard. While it is important to have a certain level of focus on the details it is also important to keep an eye on the larger holistic picture. How is that small loss or victory weighed against the benefit of the whole.

On Camps Road Farm we oftenhave to make a sacrifice to benefit the whole of our business model. The farm may fall a little behind in a certain area but the whole moves forward in a positive direction. The farm will purposelfully and intentionally fall short to help our brewery or distillery, and that is ok. The small picture stuff might be a little annoying, but weighed against the whole it all makes sense.

Farming is a possion and a vocation. It is not about making money, producing food, or being a steward of the land. At the end of the day it is self-serving act of selfishness. You are working harder than you ever have before because you love some part of it. Your trials serve a greater whole of self and community.


Links to farm reports:

Berube Farm

Berube Farm

  • Vegetables including squash, tomatoes, and beans
  • Gross Income: $357.71
  • Expenses: $408.17
  • April Report
Bird Creek Farms

Bird Creek Farms

  • Organic vegetables, 200 chickens, and alfalfa
  • Gross Income: $1,440.00
  • Expenses: $5,415.24
  • April Report


Camps Road Farm

Camps Road Farm

  • Hops, apples, pasture-raised poultry, and events
  • Gross Income:$4,428.00
  • Expenses: $3,691.00
  • April Report


  FFC | Fresh Farm Aquaponics

Fresh Farm Aquaponics

  • Aquaponics and consulting
  • Gross Income: $5,705.00
  • Expenses: $2,105.00
  • April Report


 Sandia Pastured Meats

Sandia Pastured Meats

  • Dairy, eggs, and livestock
  • Gross Income: $1,270.45
  • Expenses: $5,022.38
  • April Report


 Squash Hollow Farm

Squash Hollow Farm

  • Pastured pork and chicken
  • Gross Income: $679.00
  • Expenses: $1017.89
  • April Report


 Sugarwood Acres

SugarWood Acres

  • Maple syrup, wood, and hay
  • Gross Income: $640.00
  • Expenses: $2,383.25
  • April Report