The Shepherd’s Manual

I was recently inspired to share †††some books in my collection. It never occurred to me to do such a thing until I was reading a post from Tim Miller, – Classic Jam Hits – in which he shared some books from his collection that caught my attention. Being a shepherd is (for a fewContinue reading “The Shepherd’s Manual”

Disassembling Your Life – Selling The Farm – Part 4

It is difficult to prepare your home, farm, business for sale when you are not moving upward but rather moving on. After speaking with my realtor I understood what selling this property, my home, means. It is about erasing my presence here as much as possible. Sure it make sense, perspective buyers must be ableContinue reading “Disassembling Your Life – Selling The Farm – Part 4”

How To Sell Your Farm -part 1

Before we begin let’s address the obvious: if you’re a farmer or someone who wanted to be a farmer but you failed at it and now have to sell your farm, then you know little to nothing about selling a farm. You need help! I have a neighbor, a good friend or so I thought,Continue reading “How To Sell Your Farm -part 1”

Maintenance – Selling The Farm – Part 2

Before you can list your property you have to do all those things that you never got around to while you were going about the business of living and farming. It’s a sad irony that I have to clean up the farm and the house, perform maintenance and a hundred other small jobs to makeContinue reading “Maintenance – Selling The Farm – Part 2”

Cleaning Up The Mess – Selling The Farm – Part 3

The farm has greatly suffered along with my deteriorating health. It’s a mess! So many half finished projects and failed experiments all there having to be cleared away before the property can be shown. I’ve made arrangements with some local Amish boys to help with what I can’t do. The high tunnel alone will takeContinue reading “Cleaning Up The Mess – Selling The Farm – Part 3”

The Farm Has Failed

I guess it would be more accurate to say that I have failed. Now that I have a clear plan of how I will move forward, I thought it important to outline why I think the farm and I failed, primarily for myself. It is nice to think that someone would see this and evenContinue reading “The Farm Has Failed”

Small Farm Profits (sheep & goats)

Making money on a small farm is difficult.  You can do this or that and sell a few dozen eggs or tomatoes but when you count the dollars very often you will find that you have spent more than you made.  And that is if you are already on a farm.  It is not practicalContinue reading “Small Farm Profits (sheep & goats)”

Changing of the Guard

Our dogs are older now, they still work most nights but no more day shifts.  The coyotes and foxes became aware of this before me and helped themselves to a number of birds in the morning hours when the dogs were asleep.  This was a sure sign that it was time to bring in someContinue reading “Changing of the Guard”