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Re: Organic!

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Eldon (WA)

01-14-2014 19:02:23

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I've seen a number of wannabees come and go in the last couple of years around here. Most are California or west side city folk that think research on the internet, a Troybilt tiller and a few acres are all it takes to be an organic farmer. Joel Salatin is their hero! Unfortunately guys like this make more from books and seminars than farming.....but they won't tell you this LOL!

I am in my 7th year of growing produce "sustainably", not certified organic, but close. Around here, price sells so the record keeping and jumping through hoops just isn't worth it. We have been gaining customer base every year and we do have a low overhead. Excluding labor, our costs are around 10% of gross sales. I do supplement our income with custom farming in the area, which helps. I usually have a steady source of free manure that I haul in from my custom farming contacts.

The buzz words around here are CSA - community supported agriculture. People that sell CSA's have to be damn good salesmen as I think the turnover rate is over 50% each year. I guess you can only screw half the people once......

We retain our customers by selling fresh, naturally grown produce at a good price. Check us out on Facebook "AC Starr Farms.

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T in NE

01-15-2014 20:06:49

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 Re: Organic! in reply to Eldon (WA), 01-14-2014 19:02:23  
You mean you are government-controlled, or that you can continue farming the same ground for years to come, like pretty well anyone that's not within 5 years of retirement with no one to pass things on to?

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