We were invited to the Seeds & Chips conference in Milan to talk about the paradigm shift in farming…
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Starting a farm – or any business – is a lot like starting a fire.
For some the tiniest spark can start a roaring fire. Others need a ton of newspaper and big lungs – only to produce smoke.
Here’s how to ignite your farm business.
I was interviewed by Diego Footer of Permaculture Voices to talk about pursuing your dreams and how to get started on your own personal journey. That could be quitting a meaningless job, starting a local food business, or selling your possessions to fund that dream trip.
This may be a subject you’re familiar with, but you probably haven’t heard this take on it before. It’s 7 years of lessons from life and business condensed in 1 hour.
What would you do if you only had one year left to live?
How does travelling mentally prepare you to start up a local food business? How to start up a small farm or food hub? What if you’re on a stoe-string budget without outside funding?
Listen here to find out…
“I love it when we take technology developed for globalism and it becomes the way in for localization.” – Joel Salatin
In the first 4 minutes of this video interview with Dr. Mercola, Joel Salatin talks about the inefficiencies of farmer’s markets, the advantages of selling online to avoiding expensive brick and mortar and selling fresh local sustainable food directly to consumers.
This 3 minute video explains how it took a crisis and 5 years travelling around the world to discover the idea behind Farmwell… To create simple farm software so farmers can quickly setup a website and sell local food online… and make it super easy to find local food in your area.
And special thanks to Trilight Entertrainment for filming and editing this video.
If you’re a farmer, you live with risks that range from weather to injury to financial ruin. But why should you bust your hump from dusk till dawn with stress and risk for less than you’d get pumping gas or working construction?
The answer to that question is found in time. Let me explain.
When you think of it, time is all we really have. We’re born. We’re here for a while. One day our time is up. As life is precious, so is time. We all have aspirations, family, projects and dreams. But it’s challenging to find the time for it all.
This is as true for me as it is for you. My background is in business and IT, but I know farm life too. I grew up on a hobby farm in Canada and in 2012 I was Bill Mollison’s farm manager in Tasmania. For the past 1.5 years I have put virtually all my time and energy into developing Farmwell. It’s web software for farmers who want a simple way to get more customers with less work. There’s a waiting list of farmers keen to start using it. These farmers have made it clear that they respect the value of their time and want to invest it wisely.