Working To Make My Farm Viable
By the end of 2017 my farm will lose money, and there's good reason for that.
I run a 52 acre diversified farm in Western CT. Not only am I farming, but I manage parts of the property that aren't used for agriculture, I work hand in hand with an on-site farm brewery, and I am part of an off-site distillery. If that sounds like a lot, well, that's because it is.
Fix My Farm is starting because my farm numbers don't look good, even if as a whole company it makes sense. I am going to pull back the veil, be completely honest, and share everything with you guys and gals. My financials, my farm business plan, the hours that I work, how I manage my task list, everything.
This page is the hub for it all, welcome!
This is a live, real time experiment to see if I can make sense of all that I am trying to manage. In my heart I want to keep farming, but it has to makes sense in my wallet.
Share my story as a means of finding balance, making my farm more viable, and educating others.
Every piece of the puzzle adds context. I have a diverse skill set that is suited to the unique opportunity that life has presented me. Now it's time to refine my definition of what it is that I actually do on my farm, make the best strategic moves for myself and my business, and maintain a balanced and healthy family and social life.
Normal Publishing Schedule
- Monday: Email Summary of the Previous Week in Your Inbox
- Tuesday: YouTube "Instafarm" Summary of the Previous Week's Instagram Videos
- Wednesday: How To Video
- Thursday: Philosophy or Strategy Video
- Friday: Finance and/or Business Video with Corresponding Blog Post
- Daily: Instagram videos on day to day farm life
Fix My Farm Publishing Schedule
Every Friday a new piece to the puzzle.
10/20/2017 - Losing Faith in Employees and Starting A Brewery
10/27/2017 - Running The Farm With My Spouse and Bottle Sales
11/3/2017 - Building A Tasting Room, Tight Budgets, and Balancing Family Life
11/10/2017 - The Problem To Solve On Farm
11/17/2017 - 2018 Farm Business Plan
11/24/2017 - Financial Tracking
12/1/2017 - Making Sense of My Quickbooks Categories
12/8/2017 - Task List Organization and Management
12/15/2017 - Time Tracking
12/22/2017 - Farm Organization and Lean Management
2018 we'll look at: (in no particular order)
my land and how it can be best used
my equipment and what I'm capable of
how my business plan plays out through the year
monthly reports on my finances, time use, prioritization
a look at my family budget and how we balance our finances at home
whatever other information it would be helpful to share
I have already started to document areas of my farm as well as my entire farm picture. I have it all organized in the Resources section of this website. Cruise on over there for a deeper look into what I've done in the past, how I run certain operations, and for helpful links to websites besides this one.
Holistic Farm Planning
My farm only makes sense when you look at it holistically. There are decisions that I choose to make or that I am forced to make because my farm operates with a brewery and a distillery.
I am super lucky to be involved in those other businesses, but doing so presents some unique challenges. A large part of this exercise is to figure out how to successfully operate a non-traditional farm enterprise.
I walk the line between luddite and tech nerd. I like to write things down in a notebook and draw with pen and paper.
At the same time I enjoy what modern technology has brought us in terms of Apps and software.
After 6 years of farming I have a set of tools and a discipline for using them that works well for me.
I'll Keep Ya Posted
My internet things like my website, YouTube Channel, and Instagram are living things. I keep updating them and will continue to keep updating them. Stop back, check it out, subscribe, all that good stuff.
Until the next time you're here, have a great day and happy farming!
Support All Dis Work
I get requests from people like you that want to support the work I am doing. I'm not a fan of donation buttons. Instead please feel free to visit the Store on this website and pick up something fun for yourself. I keep that updated as well.
The Amazon links I earn a commission from, the clothing I get a part of, and of course buying and sharing my book(s) is great too.