Friday, February 20, 2009

can't blame me for trying...

I hope posting this doesn't upset anyone, as this isn't the usual content, but I need to talk business for a moment. As a farmer-in-training and a hopeful homeowner—I need to start really focusing on my goals of someday, somehow buying my own land to start my shepherding career. Right now, the first step is paying off loans and debts so I can get myself in a position to not scare banks, and currently that isn't a fast process. To be honest it's painfully slow. So in the spirit of doing what I can with what I have - I would like to start inviting a little advertising on the site.

If you own or work for a homesteading, farm, livestock, green, or like-minded business and are interested in possibly sponsoring the site, please send me an email and let me know. Off the blog I'll explain my goals, banner sizes, time tables, all the logistics. I can asure you the site is growing by the month, with more and more readers coming everyday. On average about a thousand people stop by the farm daily to check in, and I don't think any of us would mind a small link to a hatchery or seed company. I would like to think there is some interest to mutually benefit from the blog.

Jenna@itsafarwalk.com

Thanks guys for your patience, and there won't be any more posts about business. A girl just has to try, that's all. Back to the important stuff tomorrow.

18 Comments:

Blogger Diana said...

Ya gotta do what keeps the farm goin', darlin'. No blame or shame from this quadrant. Hope some cool ones step up to the plate...

"Listen up, McMurrayHatchery.com, BackyardChickens.com, nativeground.com, orvis.com, et al. This gal crows your goodness regularly. 'Nuff with the free advertising!" (that'll get 'em)
;)

February 20, 2009 at 8:19 PM  
Anonymous Tony said...

One way to hasten the process might come in the form of a rent-to-own proposition. Even with the extraordinary ($) efforts of Gov't, the foreclosure process will increase as jobs are lost.

To stave off foreclosure, some small farm owners may need to lease/option, rent-to-own in order to save their credit. Something to consider and study if you do.

February 20, 2009 at 8:22 PM  
Blogger Mama Pea said...

Can't help you by giving you any business but you've got my blessing on what seems like a good, honest way to go to me. (I've got to start drinking more coffee. You just seem to come up with one good idea after another!)

February 20, 2009 at 9:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like a good idea to me. And, if they don't come to you, go to them. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.

Countryside magazine came today. There's an exccerpt from your book in it.

February 20, 2009 at 10:49 PM  
Blogger jere said...

Tony's right, and there are also a bjillion foreclosed farms out there right now. Very sad, but maybe not so sad for some of us looking to buy.

Shop talk doesn't bother me, for one, it's all part of the adventure. And advertising that's related to farming and homesteading would be a welcome addition.

February 20, 2009 at 11:36 PM  
OpenID Jaspenelle said...

Just wanted to say, I will not mind seeing a little advertisement up, and with what you seem to have in mind, chances are I would be clicking on some of it too, so a win win there!

February 20, 2009 at 11:50 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

thanks guys, and i got my copy of countryside too yesterday, thanks for noticing!

February 21, 2009 at 6:57 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

In addition to foreclosures and lease-to-own, I would add that you should not overlook owner financing possibilities. We're currently leasing our 12 acre property with an option to buy, and when the time comes we plan to ask if owner financing is an option. We have a good relationship with the owner (he's the father of a longtime friend) and he likes what we're doing here, so I'm fairly confident he'll go for it. We bought our last house the same way, to our total satisfaction.

Good luck!

February 21, 2009 at 8:54 AM  
Blogger Stacy said...

Jenna, I finished your book and absolutely loved it. Congratulations on a job well done. If you ever take a trip up to Ontario let me know so I can get it autographed :)
I will check out some of the resources you listed in the last chapter as well. Take care!

February 21, 2009 at 4:15 PM  
Anonymous Ang said...

Mama Pea, Make sure that it is PERCOLATED coffee. Right Jen?

February 21, 2009 at 8:01 PM  
Blogger Peacemom said...

Jenna,
That's a great idea!! Best of luck with this, and we'll all be looking for that first seed company, organic product or yarn producer, whatever! You go girl!!! ~Vonnie

February 21, 2009 at 9:21 PM  
Blogger kate said...

Jenna,

It might be a good time to buy in VT. I bought my property in Dec. 07, contract signed in Oct 07, and asking prices have dropped about 20%. I went back to the same realtor's listings and compared similar properties. That's asking prices, which is kind of amazing. I doubt it will swing the other way in the next year.

So feel free to advertise and hawk and peddle stuff so you can pursue that dream.

February 22, 2009 at 5:49 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

thanks for all the encouragement guys, but even if the perfect farm came along for 30k I couldn't buy it now.

I have awful credit I need to repair, own nothing but bills, and have to get on my feet financially before I can make any offers. I would like too, but right now that isn't a reality. Which is why I am putting my head into the wind to start right now to save, pay off debts, and start healing up so I am in a position to buy in a few years or sooner. Who knows.

February 22, 2009 at 6:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you read "Your Money or Your Life"? Following the steps helped me pay off my debt faster than I thought possible.

February 22, 2009 at 11:59 AM  
Blogger kate said...

I just saw the recommendation to read Your Money or Your Life, and I want to recommend it too. Some of the ideas and figures are outdated, but the main points are timeless and quite valuable.

Get it out of the library. You can borrow mine if they don't have it!

February 22, 2009 at 1:11 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

A great blog that I follow is "GetRichSlowly" going through the old posts helped me really get a handle on my own finances.

I can't help you with the advertising but I am one of your daily readers. Your writing is great and I love what you are doing.

Best wishes!

February 22, 2009 at 2:17 PM  
Anonymous DebtConsultant said...

you can seek proffesional help to eliminate your debt . That is the best way to deal with this difficult situation

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