As this spring keeps moving along, I have been dwelling deep in my own thoughts. I look at the EB Ranch property and think about ALL the things that have happened here in the last five years. Bob built a metal goat shed, put up two hoop houses, put up two solar panel units plus a battery install. I have been rotationally grazing my goats and poultry all this time. We have a pretty decent garden, I recently started putting on amendments and seeded in our pastures.
What I'm getting to is that ALL OF THESE THINGS are rooted in community support. EB Ranch received a grant from the Menomonie Market Food Co-op to help turn one of our hoop houses in to winter shelter. That included winter paddock fencing, new white livestock friendly plastic and a handful of other things.
Bob, my family and friends have been cornerstones of support. Like Lauren and Caleb Langworthy from Blue Ox. They encouraged, pointed out resources and gave me work opportunities on their farm years ago. I really treasure these long lasting bonds, through thick and thin.
Even remembering back in 2017 when I ran my kickstarter campaign to expand on my goat milk soap business. Andrea Newberry was a tremendous help in rolling that out. And the dozens and DOZENS of supporters for that campaign. Wow.
There are lots of people I'm not mentioning of course. But it's stunning to even think about my job at the Menomonie Market Food Co-op to my current job working at Spring Hill Community farm. Not only did I gain tons of experience, but both jobs where and are delightful to work at because of the people I work with.
The past few weeks EB Ranch has gotten an increase of online and retail orders. It's a good feeling to feel swamped with goat milk soap orders. Not to mention a record number of chicken meat shares.
I want to discuss this most recent uptick in support. First off, I'm so thankful and grateful. I'm honored to provide local farm raised meat, soap and other products. Secondly, I think people are getting a good look at some major flaws in our food system. This may be the reason why I'm seeing an increase in support not only here, but at other local farms and CSA's. While there may be a bit of "fear" buying, I want people to think about our food system in the long term. Supporting local really could be a long term goal for most people out there. Continued and increased support for our local farmers and producers will have nothing but positive outcomes.
I hope you consider spreading the word about EB Ranch. That I offer chicken, turkey, and goat meat shares, not to mention goat milk soap, homegrown mushrooms and garlic. I will continue to be your constant farmer. Farming is what get's me up at 5am and keeps me excited through the day.
Thanks for the support. For whatever reason I'm still not able to add pictures to my blog. Sorry about that!
Born and raised in a small town, then moved back to the same small town. Jill of many trades and happy to be so.