GFP076: Burnout Follow Up

Losing your sh** is not an easy thing to talk about. No one is really proud of not being able to keep it together under pressure, yet as small business owners it is something we all go through.

While I do not feel comfortable being this open and vulnerable (yeah, even me) I think that it is an important topic to merrit a few episodes about the different elements of why burnout happens. I am bringing on some guests to discuss the topic and we'll keep it light.

There is a community that has formed around Farm Marketing Solutions of honest hard-working people. You are literally and figuatively out in the weeds just as I am, and you know what it is like to be in my shoes.

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In this farm podcast episode you will learn:

  • Contributing factors to burnout
  • What to do if you feel yourself in the "tornado of negativity"
  • How deep the politics can go at a farmers' market
  • How Humble Hill Farm has developed over 15 years

Interview with Courtney Sullivan of Humble Hill Farm

courtney sullivan humble hill farm

Humble Hill Farm is a family-run farm in New York’s beautiful Finger Lakes region, close to Ithaca.

For almost 15 years we’ve been growing flavorful food which is totally free from pesticide residues.

We passionately practice sustainable agriculture by relying only on natural methods to increase our soil fertility and never use chemical fertilizers.

We offer affordable accommodations in the hills of Spencer, just 18 miles south of Ithaca, NY. In less than 30 min you can trade the constant construction, traffic and heat of the city for a peaceful stay in the country.

Humble Hill Lodge is one of the Ithaca area’s longest running culinary agri-tourism destinations.

Fuel up with our delicious breakfasts made from farm fresh foods. If you have special dietary needs or preferences please let us know in advance so we can meet your needs with excellence.

Items mentioned in this farm podcast include:

That's right, you have the opportunity to support and sponsor the podcast. Patreon is like a recurring KickStarter where you donate $1-3 per episode that I publish. That way it is a little easier for me to keep generating content which makes everyone happy.

How do you do it?

  1. Visit the FMS Patreon Page
  2. Create an account
  3. Choose to donate either $1 or $3 per episode
  4. Walk through the rest of the set-up (it's easy)
  5. Wait for me to publish new episodes

By supporting me on a per-episode basis it encourages me to create more of the shows you have come to enjoy. By having flexible support options (like putting a monthly cap on your donations) it keeps me from abusing our relationship. That, and you can quit any time.

Scott and I plan on maxing out at a once a week podcast to ensure we keep the quality up and to make sure we do not detract from the farm. That's 4 episodes a month tops.

You support will:

  • Pay my hosting fees
  • Help me repair my equipment
  • Help me purchase new equipment to produce better content
  • Compensate me (and Scott) for the many hours we commit to serving you
  • Help to keep the content free for those who need it but cannot afford it (farming is a tough gig)

Take aways:

What repetative stress injuries, physical or mental, can you avoid with a slight shift in your work or mindset?

When is the last time you took time for yourself?

Farm quote of the episode:

You can do anything as long as you have the passion, the drive, the focus, and the support." - Sabrina Bryan


Thanks for taking the time to listen in, and let me know what you think. You can leave a comment below, send me an e-mail, reach me on Facebook , or leave a 5 star rating in iTunes if you liked the show.