Tuesday, January 26, 2010

We are doing something special

Winter is the time for...banking! This year, we have decided to establish leads for each category of farm task in order to increase our efficiency. Under our new structure, I am leading our business management and marketing activities. So, I've been working on various spreadsheets and documents as well as talking with banks about business banking. It may sound boring, but I am loving it!

Anyway, I was recently in a conversation with a friend of mine who is a financial advisor. I spent a long time explaining our business model. Although we are a for-profit business, our plan is to slowly sell our equipment to the Barrowtown Agricultural Development Society so that it can be shared with other new farmers. We also have to think about succession planning so that our land is shared, either through incorporating new business partners or by welcoming other farm businesses onto our site. After awhile she stopped me and said, "You guys are doing something really special!" I had to agree. Even if it is challenging to set up, at the end of the day it will be worth it.

I feel very lucky to be part of such an exciting and unique project. This year feels much less scary to me and I can't wait to get seeds in the ground again!


  1. Great News! Spring is just around the corner - Sounds like 2010 is going to be a fun year for you guys... looking forward to following your progress :)

  2. I agree it's great news. Having met both Hannah and Amy today at the Horticulture Growers' Short Course they spoke at, I must say they significantly 'fanned my fire' as an upcoming farmer. I hope to learn a lot from them as they will undoubtedly continue to be successful. Thank you for sharing your experience today. Dale