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Reasons For and Against Shutting Down A Profitable Pastured Poultry Business [GFL84]

1/15/2018
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Farmer Darby Simpson talks about why he might drop his pastured poultry enterprise this year despite it being profitable. After 10 years of moving chicken tractors, there's more to the story than just profits. View the show notes for this episode and all previous GFL episodes - http://www.permaculturevoices.com/grassfed Subscribe to the show on iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/grassfed-life/id1270581396?mt=2

Duration: 01:01:45


Cutting a 10 Year Journey to 5 - Tips for Farm Startup [GFL83]

1/8/2018
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Farmer Darby Simpson and I discuss what Darby would do differently if he started his farm over again knowing what he knows now. View the show notes for this episode and all previous GFL episodes - http://www.permaculturevoices.com/grassfed Subscribe to the show on iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/grassfed-life/id1270581396?mt=2

Duration: 01:21:28


Increasing Farm Profits by Raising Turkeys (GFL34 Replay)

11/20/2017
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The person buying Darby's turkeys isn't focused on the sticker - they have other reasons to buy a turkey from him, reasons that are strong enough for them to look past the price. Reasons like being locally raised, being raised in better conditions, being raised by a farmer that they know, and them as a customer being able to support a farmer and a method of agriculture that they believe in, and one that's preciously opposite the methods being used by the Butterballs of the...

Duration: 00:50:04


7 Traits of Successful Farmers and Farms (GFL81)

11/13/2017
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Over the past few years I have interviewed over one hundred different farmers. During the course of our conversations I have noticed quite a few trends - some which lead to struggling farms and some which lead to successful farms. Today I am going to share 7 of the traits that I have noticed that successful farms and farmers exhibit. Regardless of whether you are a vegetable farmer or a livestock farmer, I think these traits are universal and apply across the board. View the show notes...

Duration: 01:06:23


Homestead Sheep with Dan Ohmann of the Grassfed Homestead (GFL80)

11/6/2017
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Dan Ohmann is a homesteader who has recently started raising lamb on a homestead level, while dabbling in selling some of the finished product off farm to see what is possible. Today Dan discusses how that's working for him. View the show notes for this episode and all previous GFL episodes. Interested in starting your own farm? If so, check out the Farm Business Essentials Intensive.

Duration: 01:27:28


The Independent Farmstead with Shawn and Beth Dougherty (GFL79)

10/30/2017
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Shawn and Beth Dougherty authors of The Independent Farmstead join me to talk about farmsteading, rotational grazing, and on farm water systems. The Independent Farmstead View the show notes for this episode and all previous GFL episodes. Interested in starting your own farm? If so, check out the Farm Business Essentials Intensive.

Duration: 01:37:00


The Sustainable Cattle Herd - An Introduction to Calving on Farm (GFL78)

10/23/2017
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Darby and I talk about the why, the pros and cons, and the basics of calving on farm. Listen to the past episode with Greg - GFL48. View the show notes for this episode and all previous GFL episodes. Interested in starting your own farm? If so, check out the Farm Business Essentials Intensive.

Duration: 01:01:21


Practical Farmsteading with Greg Burns of Natures Image Farm (GFL77)

10/16/2017
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Greg Burns joins me to talk about what farmsteading has been like this past year touching on what's gone right and what hasn't. Listen to the past episode with Greg - GFL48. View the show notes for this episode and all previous GFL episodes. Interested in starting your own farm? If so, check out the Farm Business Essentials Intensive.

Duration: 01:45:02


How to Make Bulk Sales Simple so You Can Sell More Meat (GFL76)

10/9/2017
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Darby and I talk about the ins and outs of his bulk purchase program, and Darby fields questions from a prospective buyer. View the show notes for this episode and all previous GFL episodes. Interested in starting your own farm? If so, check out the Farm Business Essentials Intensive.

Duration: 01:13:24


Overcome: Battling Cancer While Starting a Farm with Lou Roman (GFL75)

10/2/2017
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Lou Roman talks about his experience being diagnosed with cancer and starting a farm after he found out. View the show notes for this episode and all previous GFL episodes. Interested in starting your own farm? If so, check out the Farm Business Essentials Intensive.

Duration: 00:31:58


Overcoming Challenges and Creating Success Farming on the Side with Charles Mayfield (GFL74)

9/25/2017
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Today I talk to first year farmer Charles Mayfield of Mayfield Pastures about how he's managing to balance life and business and a full time job with the part time job - farming. View the show notes for this episode and all previous GFL episodes. Interested in starting your own farm? If so, check out the Farm Business Essentials Intensive.

Duration: 01:09:39


Which Poultry Feed Is Best - Inside the Numbers and the Ideology (GFL73)

9/18/2017
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Today Darby Simpson and I will take a deeper look at poultry feed, current prices, current customer perceptions, and how that might change what Darby is doing on his farm. View the show notes for this episode and all previous GFL episodes. Interested in starting your own farm? If so, check out the Farm Business Essentials Intensive.

Duration: 01:00:38


How to Balance the Pace of Progress with Reality (GFL72)

9/11/2017
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Darby and I talk about the trade-offs between what you want and what reality dictates. We go over ways to balance between your ideology, dream, and vision of a farm and what you can actually do. View the show notes for this episode and all previous GFL episodes. Interested in starting your own farm? If so, check out the Farm Business Essentials Intensive.

Duration: 01:22:15


Five Farmers Talk About Their Experiences Raising Pastured Poultry on Small Acreage (GFL71)

8/28/2017
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Five farmers talk about their experiences raising pastured poultry on small acreage. View the show notes for this episode and all previous GFL episodes. Interested in starting your own farm? If so, check out the Farm Business Essentials Intensive.

Duration: 01:41:42


Which Farm is Right for US - Analyzing and Buying a Farm with Emily and Patrick Nelson (GFL70)

8/21/2017
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When it comes to buying a farm, how do you select the right one? Specifically the right one for you? View the show notes for this episode and all previous GFL episodes at Grassfed Life. Interested in starting your own farm? If so, check out the Farm Business Essentials Intensive.

Duration: 01:20:13


Micro Beef - Raising Grassfed Beef on Less Land Than You Thought Possible (GFL69)

8/14/2017
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Don't have much land, not a problem, a lot is still possible. Recently Darby and I have gone through exactly what's possible on small land with pastured poultry and with pigs. Each of these episodes showed that individually each enterprise could generate some significant cash flow on just one acre, and stacking the enterprises turns up the returns even more. What if you had more than an acre? Or what if pigs or poultry weren't your thing? What's possible with cattle? In this...

Duration: 00:48:47


Profitable Pigs for the Farmstead, Homestead or Small Farm (GFL68)

8/11/2017
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Running a profitable pig enterprise on just 1 acre, is it possible, and if so, what is possible? What’s that operation going to look like, what are the trade-offs and the costs, and how much could you make? It's an operation which could bring some nice cash flow into a homestead or diversify a farms revenue streams, and the time inputs and profits will surprise you. Because a lot is possible on just one acre. Learn more at http://www.permaculturevoices.com/grassfed

Duration: 00:57:12


How to Convert a Fallow Meadow to a Usuable Pasture (GFL67)

8/11/2017
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Let's assume you have a fallow field or a meadow. How do you convert that to pasture? That's what this episode is all about. Assume that the fictional field is in the Midwest, it's 20 acres, and mostly herbaceous species. Learn more at http://www.permaculturevoices.com/grassfed

Duration: 00:56:35


40 Years of Grazing, A Lookback with John Phelan (GFL66x)

8/11/2017
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Today I am talking to a grazer, John Phelan, who’s been farming for over 40 years and lived on his farm for the better part of 60 years. During that time period politics changed, farming methods changed, the land changed and evolved with the methods, a family was raised, and disaster has struck. Over the last 40 years John’s seen it all including watching his land burn to the ground. It’s been a long road, but one that’s been worth it. It's a look back at a life of grazing with John...

Duration: 00:55:50


600 Birds and $6000 - The 1 Acre Pastured Poultry Operation (GFL65)

8/11/2017
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Running a profitable pastured poultry enterprise on just 1 acre, is it possible, and if so, what is possible? What’s that operation going to look like, what are the trade-offs and the costs? It's an operation which could bring some nice cash flow into a homestead or diversify a farms revenue streams, and the time inputs and profits will surprise you. Because a lot is possible on just one acre. Learn more at www.permaculturevoices.com/grassfed

Duration: 01:02:58

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