Last weekend I went over to my friend Khaiti's farm to process her pig Magnus. Earlier in 2015 she offered to raise a pig and we could split the costs. It was a good time, just being outside in the mild winter weather, drinking beers and having good talks. I learned A LOT about breaking down my half of a pig. It made me feel good to be able to do this with a close friend, fellow farmer and neighbor. Khaiti is a great inspiration for me as she comes up with amazing ideas and plans and follows through with them. She doesn't do a half assed job, she finishes what she started! I mean we are only human after all, I'm sure there are things that get pushed to the wayside, but that's the exception to the rule. And for me I need this to be a standard in my life. While we were outside, I started ruminating about how in my past I dreamed of having moments like this. I wanted to learn how to butcher my own meat, I wanted to raise goats and milk them, I wanted chickens and a farm. Now here I am, with many thanks to my partner Bob to help have that dream with me. Putting your dreams in motion, it's daunting but if you work at it hard enough and smart enough you might just get there!
Now I'm trying to get my small CSA business rolling, I'm finding that the marketing aspect is the most difficult. I can raise animals and make soap just fine, it's getting the word out is the hard part for me. It's a different world, I'm navigating social media like you wouldn't believe! Just trying to get people to know about EB Ranch. Thankfully Khaiti gave me the nudge in the right direction, and that is CSA fairs! I will be at River Market's CSA Fair on February 11th. On March 19th I will be at the Menomonie Market Food Co-op CSA Fair. And this weekend, March 5th I will be at the Traditional and Green Skills Event in Prairie Farm with a booth set up. Basically getting even more involved in my community is good for business and well, very good for me and the community that supports me! Kudos to the people that organize such events to support your local producers!!!
Moving on, I have major plans for this summer and I intend to accomplish at least half of them or maybe more. Bob and I need to put up a lot of fencing and make portable animal shelters to fit into our grand scheme. Not to mention working my co-op job plus picking up a few hours at Blue Ox Farm starting in April. I'm excited to see what the seasons have to offer at our new EB Ranch location. In the meantime, look for me at these upcoming events, and if you want to sign up for a share you can easily do so on my store webpage, I now accept paypal!
Thank you for your support, and keep learning, sharing, and being kind to each other!
Picture credit to Khaiti.
Born and raised in a small town, then moved back to the same small town. Jill of many trades and happy to be so.