From Their Farm

This nice article about the farm appeared in our local paper today:

http://www.godanriver.com/news/pittsylvania_county/from-their-farm-to-your-plate/article_5fb5329c-8566-11e3-bfe8-001a4bcf6878.html

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16 comments on “From Their Farm

  1. A great article, Bill. May all of your neighbors learn from your witness.

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    • Bill says:

      Thanks Will. I think what we’re trying to do here is taken more seriously with each passing day. We’re still way outside the mainstream here, but this kind of article helps.

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  2. DM says:

    Yep, great article on what you guys are doing. Lot more time and energy goes into producing the volume and variety of what you do than many people realize…We buy our farm fresh eggs from our neighbor..she charges $2.00 a dozen..I don’t think it’s enough..I always pay her an extra .50 a dozen..,

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    • Bill says:

      You’re getting a great deal at that price. We charge $4 for ours and we lost money on them.
      Few things are better than real farm eggs.

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      • DM says:

        I agree on both counts! It makes me mad when people gripe about paying $2 to $2.50 a dozen for farm fresh eggs. I think to myself..then why don’t they raise them!

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  3. shoreacres says:

    It’s a great article. And they spelled your names right! Here’s a suggestion: how about another article for a magazine, called something like “A New Song of the South”? The hook could be your animal naming practice, with links to musicians and songs, and in the process you could explain your approach to sustainability, etc. etc.

    “Progressive Farmer” might not want it, but someone surely would.

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    • Bill says:

      That’s a really great idea. I’m already imagining the day when this thesis will be done and thinking about what my next writing project will be. I have several grand notions. Your suggestion seems a really good one to me.

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  4. Nice article. And you were in front of the camera instead of behind it!

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    • Bill says:

      The second picture–the one with me and Cherie holding kids–is the better one. It’s the featured picture in the print version.
      There isn’t a lot to photograph on a vegetable farm in the middle of January.
      We’re pleased with how the article came out and we’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback today.

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  5. Steve says:

    Slowly, but steadily, it’s progress. I hope it helps your endeavor, and perhaps it will inspire someone else to give the lifestyle a try, or at least think about the concepts.

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    • Bill says:

      The article has resulted in several folks contacting us about learning more, getting a tour, etc. We’ve also used it to promote our sustainable living group.

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  6. Congrats on your “15 minutes of fame”! Very nice article.
    I think every little bit of exposure – especially those in “easy to digest” bites – is what will move this forward. It’s more sustainable that way.
    And speaking of eggs – we get $5 a dozen around here and it still doesn’t cover the costs of organic feed. When we move out to the farm, our plans include raising more of our feed for the flock.

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    • Bill says:

      Thanks. We’re looking into ways to raise our own feed as well. I heard Harvey Ussery speak last year and he rightfully noted that our grandparents didn’t buy chicken feed, except maybe a little cracked corn now and then. We’d love to transition to becoming self-reliant for feed.

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  7. I have Harvey’s book – he’s a great resource. I also like Bill Mollison’s chicken raising ideas (see his book “Introduction to Permaculture” for some really great ideas).

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