Years in operation: 6
Annual revenue: 10k-50k
(Average over last three years)
It is a 20 acre produce farm. We have chickens and goats and serve our local farmers markets. we have been through the ups and downs of farming. with our first farm that we had we spent a lot of money and effort only to have family take the farm property away. many of our competators told us that we would never come back from this and that we should give up but we did not listen to them. we listened not only to our hearts ,but to our customers who begged us to come back. in 2013 we bought our current farm which needs a ton of TLC. we tried to save the historic barn that was on the property but we had to tear it down and will have to rebuild it
Inside the Farm
How is your approach to farming different than other farms in the same category?
Our farm is dedicated to our community, not only do we help our local community, through workshops and speakings but we do as much of the farming 1900s style which is very little equipment, mostly hand work which produces better crops. Most of the work is done by the two of us (Leah and Brian Wilson) but we do have various CSA members stop in to help when we need it.we enjoy producing all natural products, even if we have to go the extra mile to do it
How does your different approach contribute to a long-term profitable growth strategy for your farm and other small farms like yours?
Our approach is quite unusual. We are setting up area in which to help our community. we have made several educational speeches' on growing your own food in our town, donating pumpkins to the school for the kids. we hope to set up teaching workshops free of charge to our community food banks. In order for a small business like mine to create sustainability and profit and to compete in an ever growing world we need to be able to work within our own community to establish trust and to show how much we care about not only them but the products that we produce.
How would you specifically use a Mortgage Lifter Lift or Mini Lift?
We would use the mortgage Lifter Lift to build a barn and several green houses. We have been learning from our aunt who has a green house and is a master gardener to run and operate one efficiently. Right now we use her green house to Grow our plants but unfortunately the green house is one and a half to two hours away from us. This distance causes the plants that we grow and desperately need go through a state of shock which is not good. By building several green houses we want to provide locally grown plants to our customers and to allow the kids from the school to be able to come and learn about green houses, starting their own plants, planting them in their own field plot in our fields and harvesting them. It would also allow us to build a barn on our property in order to give our animals better shelter
Please share why you are so passionate about your farm and/or farming in general.
We are extremely passionate about our farm for several reasons. Not only is it a way to get our community involved in fresh food, it allows our children a better life, it shows both of them (Lanna and John Wilson) That rewarding things come from hard work and determination. We also want to provide them with a legacy (Leah Wilsons family were generation farmers and she is one of the last to continue the tradition
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