(nice new look to the page, huh? Except for the advertising and the wasted space on the sides!)
I realize that some people on the forum may think i'm just here to knock their ideas. I'm sorry I don't offer more positive feedback to go along with my comments.
I have a strong desire to see other growers succeed and I put in a lot of energy here trying to offer advice to help with that. I really believe we all don't have to learn this by ourselves.
What I comment here about the most, is how to cut down costs.
I've spent 18 seasons now growing food for sale as my main source of income. I started as an intern, living in a school bus on an organic farm . I made next to nothing and lived off vegetables plus food I found in dumpsters. Over the years, I grew slowly, with many twists and follys, and now have a very successful 3 acre farm which I manage by myself and with some help from the wife.
I really believe that the reason i've continued to make a good profit while I have watched many, many small farms fail, is because of costs. People grow too fast, buy equipment they could have gotten by without, and spend way too much money on all kinds of things.
I'm a little sick of hearing people stuck in the mentality that "they'll never make any money, that's what being a farmer is all about". It's just not true. If you are working hard and not making a good profit, It likely means that you just need to make some changes.
I won't go on and on. I'm just hoping this group can see that comments and critique are just part of the way we can help each other here. We don't need to keep making the same mistakes over and over again and we all deserve to have a nice tractor by the time we're 50 (if you want one :). The best part is that we're not even competition for each other. I have no problem telling each and every one of you how I do something, you only have to ask....
This post was edited by madroneb on Mon, Feb 11, 13 at 14:23