Kubota RTV And Stock Trailer Purchases

In all the research, reading, and discussions I’ve had with farmers and ranchers who are doing something similar to what we envision, several common threads have surfaced. One example goes like this: “If I had to do it all over again, I would have waited to buy a tractor. I wish I had purchased our side-by-side UTV first… I use it every single day of the year!” I always try to gain as much insight as possible from those who are further along this path than we are, and make smarter decisions because of that insight. Hopefully that will keep me out of any major pitfalls, and assist the farm in becoming profitable sooner. With that in mind (even though I already own 2 tractors, one newly restored and the other I bought for a great deal), I’m ecstatic to reveal my two most recent farm purchases… a Kubota RTV … Continue reading

Copyrights & Trademarks – The Exciting Side Of Farming (Part 2)

In my riveting previous installment, we discussed trademarks, their applicability, intent and cost. And we arrived at the conclusion that the painful process didn’t fit the reward, at least in our case. That being said, if there is someone reading this who is smart on the implications of skipping out of trademarking, please speak up. I would hate to miss or not consider something, only to find out the hard way later that it was actually a bargain!    Copyrighting is an equally muddled topic, but at least we have some concrete actions we can take to put into effect. As previously discussed, copyrights are intended to protect original works of authorship, including literature, art, drama and music. Copyrighting gives the author the exclusive right to reproduce, distribute, perform or display said works, or authorize others to do so. The interesting thing about a copyright is that it enforces a … Continue reading

Copyrights & Trademarks – The Exciting Side Of Farming (Part 1)

Ok, ok… while copyrights and trademarks aren’t as sexy as grass-fed beef and restored tractors (humor me), nonetheless they were issues that we had to deal with to arrive where we are now. I include them in this blog on the off chance that someone eventually reads this who will follow in our footsteps and start a farm, and might need some assistance cutting through the fog to figure out how they will tackle these questions. Plus this blog is all about “transparency”, so along with the exciting, you (whoever you are) get to share in the mundane as well. If we had to figure it out, then you have to hear about it!!    The legalities of using a logo and slogan were of utmost importance to us, especially as we were running our logo contest through Hatchwise. I can’t tell you how many times it came up in … Continue reading

DIY: Backyard Composting

If you are going to have raised garden beds (or any type of garden for that matter), you need to be able to deal with the extra refuse that comes from all those delicious vegetables and return nutrients to your soil that have been depleted. To complete the circle of life… compost! I will cover three different types of composting in this post but it is worth some internet research, as there are many varying and innovative ways to accomplish this task. The methods we’ll talk about here are aerobic, anaerobic (trench) and vermiculture.    When most people think of composting, the image that pops into their mind is some variation of the aerobic method. Think piling up your scraps, mixing in some carbonaceous material and turning it over periodically. Generally speaking, you want an approximate 50:50 ratio between kitchen scraps (typically nitrogen heavy) and shredded paper, leaves, dried grass … Continue reading