If you’ve made it this far on this blog, you deserve a pat on the back… it took real patience and perseverance to make that happen! The reality is that I don’t blog anymore, I simply don’t have the time to dedicate to it these days. Maybe I will again someday… But hey, while you’re here I wanted to take the opportunity to personally invite you to consider attending our upcoming Farm School on April 29-30. You are obviously dedicated to sustainable, pasture-based, humane livestock farming… exactly the kind of people we hope to draw to our phenomenal (if I don’t say so myself) event! Click here to be lifted from the world of “what once was” to the the world of “what could be”!
We’ve added a new page to our website, which contains links to our quarterly newsletter. The newsletters contain more insight into our farm decisions, direction and details, as well as unique opportunities like our current “Buy 2, Get 1 FREE” deal on chicken (check out Pasture Talk #002 for more info). You can click on the “Newsletter” tab on our main page, or follow this link: Pasture Talk Newsletters We hope you enjoy reading the newsletters, and find them informative!
For those of you who don’t follow us on Facebook or receive emails from our mailing list, I would like to call your attention to the links at the top of our webpage. While all of them have valuable content that you might enjoy, I’m specifically referring to the “Prices/Availability” tab. There you will find our newly released 2014 Price List and Order Form, as well as additional information on product availability, the ordering process, and our local processor. As you can imagine, this is a VERY big deal for us, and marks the transition from ridiculously expensive hobby farm to (hopefully) profitable business enterprise! I hope you find the information useful, and that you print yourself off an order form and send it in right away! If any questions arise while you are checking out the web page, feel free to email, call, or comment, and I’ll get back … Continue reading
Recently, someone who follows our Facebook page commented on a picture we posted of our new pigs. In the picture (below), she noticed that the pigs were in a small enclosure of some sort, and said “Just curious but why are they in a small pen?”. She was implying that, in her perception, the way these pigs were being housed might not be compatible with our professed values, and requested an explanation. To some, this might have been a little forward, or somehow out of place. And to some ranchers it may have ruffled some feathers in a “none of your business” sort of way. But this friend of ours knew that she could safely ask that of us without fear of negative blowback, thanks to another of our professed values: transparency. In fact, transparency is one of the cornerstone concepts of our farm, and it is completely foreign to … Continue reading
One of the challenges that we knew we would face in this transition was figuring out how to work from home. Despite knowing (and having a loose plan for) that, I was surprised at how difficult this concept was to deal with. Lots of people have tackled this issue, including some of our close friends, but it is definitely an on-going learning experience for us. One of the many wonderful things about this property’s infrastructure was the existence of a finished room off the garage. The previous owner had set it up as a man/hunting room, complete with deer heads hanging on the walls, camouflage curtains, and a gun safe in the corner. Right away, we began planning to turn this room into my farm office. Setting things up this way would allow me to “go to work” away from the kids, while still being close enough to help with … Continue reading
We all know that mistakes are a part of life, and that sooner or later everyone “goes big” on a mistake. Nowhere has this proven more true than in this farm life that we’ve chosen for ourselves. I’ve been making at least one decent mistake a day since we moved in, but the subject of this post was by far my biggest mistake so far. Not my last, mind you, but my biggest. It also provided some bigger teaching points, which is one of the reasons I want to share it here. A man named Fred (name changed to protect the innocent) had baled hay off the land that we took out of CREP. He had been over to the house several times with his trailer, picking up his share of the bales, when I mentioned to him that I didn’t have a way to move/stack my portion of the … Continue reading
After years of dreaming, months of waiting, and days of preparation… it is official. We are moving to the farm! This post will mark the transition, as it will be the last one I make as a “wanna be farmer”. The next entry will be made as a “beginning farmer”, direct from Pastured Providence Farmstead’s base of operations in Chillicothe, OH. There will be a ton to cover then, as we get started preparing the overgrown pastures for seed, addressing existing fencing needs, gathering our equipment, evaluating the lay of the land, and beginning the marketing process. It has been a remarkable journey so far, with all the promise of excitement, heartbreak and uncertainty yet to come. As my active duty Air Force career comes to a close, it is interesting that much of the frustration fades as I’m reminded of the good, and the honorable. I will miss … Continue reading
Have you ever upset someone so much that they couldn’t speak? That was the (wildly uncomfortable) situation I found myself in when I told my mother that we had made our decision… I was getting out of the Air Force after 12 years, foregoing an active duty retirement and walking away to start a farm. The silence was deafening. She was mad. Mad because in her mind I was endangering my family by foolishly quitting a career that I was good at. Mad because I was turning my back on a stable job that pays extremely well in the worst of uncertain times. Of course I know that she only wanted the best for us and was/is scared for us, and to her credit there is an element of truth in all of her concerns. Ultimately, all of her fears boil down to financial security, and to be perfectly … Continue reading
Below is the blog version of a questionnaire that we recently created. Please leave your answers in the “comment” section below, we’d love to have your input and opinions as our farm vision continues to take form. Dear Future Customer, You are invited to participate in a poll from Pastured Providence Farmstead. Your answers will help determine the choices we make in order to better serve our customers. If you were to purchase meat products from us, which method would you prefer? A. Retail cuts like you would see in a grocery store B. Custom cuts, buying a 1/2 or 1/4 animal direct from us, processed to order C. CSA (Consumer Supported Agriculture) model, investing in our farm “up front” and getting a variety of meat cuts & other products monthly We plan to sell farm-fresh eggs. Would you prefer our hens consume GMO-free (Genetically Modified Organism) … Continue reading
A huge thank you to all our friends and family for the out-pouring of support we received after going public with Pastured Providence Farmstead! This is a massive leap of faith for us, and can be very scary at times. But because of folks like you, we feel like we’ll be taken care of whatever the future brings. Thank you for your kind words, your encouragement and your great advice. It was (and still is) wonderful to read all your comments on the blog, Facebook and email. Please keep the conversation going as we move forward towards our goals of farm ownership, healthy food production, self-sufficiency and caring for our land and the animals entrusted to us. Visit, comment, question… all of that is important to us as we strive for transparency in our journey, so your input is both valuable and highly desired. You are a big reason … Continue reading