Type: Multiple Animal Farm
Years in operation: 8
Annual revenue: 10k-50k
(Average over last three years)
Cold Antler Farm is the home of author and farmer, Jenna Woginrich. It is 6.5 acres with a flock of 14 sheep, 4 dairy goats, pigs raised for shares of pork, pastured poultry, vegetables, rabbits, honey bees, and more! There are no tractors, just hand tools and a draft horse. The farm is her passion, life's work, and home.
Inside the Farm
How is your approach to farming different than other farms in the same category?
Cold Antler focuses on education and community, not only is this rewarding but necessary. As a single woman, neighbors, networking with other farmers, friends and students help make this place tick. Besides growing food, it teaches beginner fiddle, soapmaking, archery and writer workshops as well. To keep the bills paid it is a real Jill of All Trades place - different offerings and crops as wide as lettuce to old time southern mountain music!
How does your different approach contribute to a long-term profitable growth strategy for your farm and other small farms like yours?
Diversity is important for any farm, and any growth strategy. It's just as important for me not to create a monoculture of food as it is income. So while there will always be animals raised for food here on a small, pasture-based, scale for friends and neighbors - other income streams through other skills and services are also part of that growth strategy. Maybe you're a vegetarian, but always wanted to learn how to make milk-based soaps. Maybe you want to learn how to spin fleece from sheep, but don't like honey- This place is diverse, and that is the forever MO.
How would you specifically use a Mortgage Lifter Lift or Mini Lift?
I would use it to pay down the mortgage on this farm, to keep the wolves from the door so I can focus more on the community through good food, writing, education, and music.
Please share why you are so passionate about your farm and/or farming in general.
I was a corporate graphic designer, but quit four years ago for the farm. It was a leap of faith, since I had very little saved up. Through resourcefulness, luck, and hard work I am still here.
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