Blog

Why I Chose Homesteading… NOT Farming

W

My first homesteading project was about the worst one I could have chosen. I was a cage-stage permaculturist—“cage-stage” meaning I had learned enough about it that I could talk the talk a bit, but so enthusiastic that I should have been locked in a cage for a few years to prevent me from arguing with people until reality and balance sank in. I selected as my first endeavor, not something simple...

Why I Chose Not to Farm (and Decided to Homestead)

W

My exploration of the possibility of farming began as many people’s do. I had grown up in the suburbs and hadn’t ever given much thought to where my food came from. But we became friends with some people who had a garden and chickens. Then someone recommended Wendell Berry and Joel Salatin’s You Can Farm. It wasn’t an immediate conversion, but I was definitely intrigued. This was about ten years...

Keys to Finding Free (or cheap) Resources for the Homestead

K

I was in the house the other day when my wife called and said that our neighbors were there and wanted to talk with me. We had gotten to know them a bit over the past few weeks. The husband runs a local company and he breeds horses as a hobby. When I got outside, they told me that their company was getting rid of a bunch of old stuff and that some of it might be useful for our homestead—old...

Tips for Increasing Farm Profitability with Conor Crickmore of Neversink Farm, Part 3 of 3

T

Last time, we discussed how Neversink farm simplified its farmers’ market efforts. In this post, we’ll look at how they simplified by viewing their CSA as a completely separate business. Why People Visit Neversink Farm’s Booth  Many people would argue that their farm’s story is their edge and that this is what pulls people into their booth at a farmers’ market. But to Conor and Kate, the...

Tips for Increasing Farm Profitability with Conor Crickmore of Neversink Farm, Part 2 of 3

T

In the last post, we went over some of the ways in which Conor Crickmore simplified his on-farm operations. Today we’ll see how he simplified his marketing and sales efforts. Farmers’ Markets  Conor and Kate used to do CSAs, but they decided to scratch the CSA and focus on farmers’ markets since markets are more forgiving in terms of what crops you need to grow. When you sell at farmers’...

Tips for Increasing Farm Profitability with Conor Crickmore of Neversink Farm, Part 1 of 3

T

Do you value simplicity as a virtue? Or is it something you rarely think about? In this series with Conor Crickmore of Neversink Farm, we’re going to discuss how Conor and his wife, Kate, learned to simplify their operation in order to make their business more successful and more profitable. Get Good Conor firmly believes that it’s better to be really good at one thing than to try to do many...

$350,000 on 1.5 Acres – Increase Efficiency and Profits with Conor Crickmore of Neversink Farm, Part 5 of 5

$

In this final look into Neversink Farm, we’ll discuss why Conor Crickmore broke with the market gardening convention and stopped using his BCS two-wheel tractor. The BCS as a Legitimization Stamp While Conor and Kate were a lot happier once they got rid of their BCS two-wheel tractor, they can’t deny that having it that first year did give them the confidence to walk out onto their plot of land...

$350,000 on 1.5 Acres – Increase Efficiency and Profits with Conor Crickmore of Neversink Farm, Part 4 of 5

$

In the last post, we looked at Conor’s decision to focus on production instead of infrastructure. Today we’ll examine size—both in terms of the farm itself and individual growing beds. Scaling Back and Efficiency  At the moment, Neversink Farm has an acre and a half of vegetables, but Conor and Kate are planning to scale back to 1.2 acres. It was a difficult decision to make, but they each...

$350,000 on 1.5 Acres – Increase Efficiency and Profits with Conor Crickmore of Neversink Farm, Part 3 of 5

$

So far in this series, we’ve covered how Neversink Farm was founded, including the mindset they adopted that led to success. Today we’re going to look into a few different things, including whether to focus initially on getting infrastructure in place or on production. Prepping the Soil  Getting their farm’s soil right was difficult for Conor and Kate because they live in a river valley...

$350,000 on 1.5 Acres – Increase Efficiency and Profits with Conor Crickmore of Neversink Farm, Part 2 of 5

$

Starting farming when you have no prior experience can be tough. Especially when you dive in headfirst with no fallback. But Conor Crickmore of Neversink Farm was successful, in large part due to the mindset he established for himself. The Mindset in an Uphill Battle Despite being able to make some profit from vegetables, the first year of farming was extremely difficult for Conor and Kate. Many...

Recent Posts

Recent Comments

Archives

Categories