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Whew, it's been a little longer than normal since my last Farm Dreams post. We've been going through quite a transition over at Little Seed Farm. Not only are we still adjusting to living and managing a farm in the middle of nowhere in TN, we're also adjusting to having no direct source of income.

As of the end of September the company I had been working for is out of business. This came as a surprise to us. The plan was for me to work for at least 2-3 years, if not longer. It would give us time to settle in, figure out how to best manage our land and animals, and most of all help us pay the bills.

When I first found out that I'd soon be unemployed my immediate instinct was to find another job. After considering it for a few weeks it became increasingly clear that this was the moment where it would make sense to try farming full-time. Make a clean break.

I found it troubling to consider getting another job when my heart was at the farm. Interviewing, speaking to people about my career, etc, all felt hollow. 

We have some ideas for different products that we can offer in the near-term to help generate some income, and longer term our goal is still to offer raw, farmstead cheeses and pasture-raised meats. It's a big leap of faith, but we're giving it a shot!

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Tags: Little Seed Farm, Scrapple, The Aspiring Farmer Blog, full-time farming, unemployment

Comment by Jeff Hamons on October 22, 2012 at 1:53pm

I see a line of Scrapple Bodywash coming up in our near future.  I'll be the first to order!

Comment by Little Seed Farm on October 22, 2012 at 10:43pm

haha, so true Jeff, so true

Comment by Karen Paro on October 25, 2012 at 9:33pm

So sorry to hear about the job loss - been there done that when hubby lost his job of 27 years, the new company that bought out the printing company he worked for only wanted the big contracts his company had so as soon as the lease they had to sign was about to expire they announced they were shutting down his plant permanently. He couldn't find enough to keep him busy 7 days a week so for 10 months he almost drove me nuts, he did finally find a new job but at a considerable pay cut.

He's in the process now of trying to get a small engine repair business started but it's slow going, with no money to spare in the budget to do any advertising (there aren't any community bulletin boards around here any more) he has to rely on word of mouth and business cards he has a few very satisfied repeat customers that have been trying to get the word out but so far no luck. He'll just keep plugging away at it until things start looking up.

2 years ago I started my own commercial cleaning business cleaning restaurants and am trying to pick up a couple new ones, if I can get a couple that are willing to pay a rate that will allow me to at least break even I'll give notice at the 2 I clean now. The amount that they were willing to pay for 2 restaurants is half what I should be getting for just 1 but I took it just to get the exposure.

I look forward to seeing what you come up with .

Comment by Heather Dorrance on November 7, 2012 at 2:36am

I'm so sorry to hear that. Especially since it was so unexpected. But I'm glad you have the chance to spend more time farming now and really putting your heart and soul into your dream! Paul has often said that when the time comes for us, he wants to farm full time. Reality is that we're pretty sure it won't pay the bills...at least not to begin with. Gonna have to get creative!

BTW, this is my first time checking out Farm-Dreams...and guess who's blog I checked out first! Just started listening to the podcasts...I'm only on episode 2. But I love hearing about Scrapple and Sweetbreads! Good luck to y'all! 

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