Wednesday, September 25, 2013

TBF 030 :: Hoop House Announce Part Two, Farm Crawl Frenzy, and a Hard Lesson Learned

Deciding that a hoop house was the next big step that our farm needed to take to continue down our path of sustainable growth was not any easy decision to come to. Right now our farm only has three permanent pieces of infrastructure: our house, the equipment/winter shed, and our perimeter fencing. The size of hoop house we are planning to build would make it the biggest structure on the farm and of course it will be a serious capital investment. It is important to us that this building fits into our values when it comes to the farm and raising livestock ... and being sustainable to our family financially, physically, and emotionally. That meant a lot of discussion, question, planning, scrapping of plans, and so much more. On today's episode I wanted to spend some time sharing some of our thoughts on the plans and how we came to the conclusion that we needed this building.

Besides all of that hoop house planning we still have this little event coming up called The Farm Crawl. That means hundreds of people will be touring our farm and we need to clean up for company. It makes for a long list of projects, but a very fulfilled feeling when it is all said and done. Finally, in the "Hard Lesson Learned" segment of today's show I talk about that old woodworker's adage ... "Measure twice, cut once!"

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1 comment:

Donna OShaughnessy said...

Ethan (and Becca) just want to commend you for all you are doing to spread the word about REAL farming. It takes so much time to post on your blog, keep up with your audio shows, prepare for farm crawls etc but if you didn't may would lose out. Keep up the hard work and don't forget to take care of yourselves

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