Tuesday, September 14, 2010

it's official!

Cold Antler Farm has a New York State tax ID number, and is working on a genuine business plan for the next three-five years of growth. The paperwork has been filed, the research began, and now the next phase can slowly evolve!

I needed the tax ID to sell goods at the Fiber Show in late September: so it was circumstance that is pushing me towards planning what the farm will be. I have no plans to quit my job, or farm full time, but I do want the animals' products to cover their own feed and care: eggs, wool, lamb, workshops, etc.

So I start on paper.


Blogger Tracy said...


September 14, 2010 at 4:49 PM  
Blogger seagoddess said...

Congratulations!! You continue to inspire.

September 14, 2010 at 5:29 PM  
Blogger Lissa B. said...

That's great! What are your plans for the business? Do you need an official tax id for your business no matter what or just if you reach a certain size? I wish you good luck!!!

September 14, 2010 at 5:49 PM  
Blogger bookjunky said...

Congratulations! That is so cool.

Isn't the first thing a hand-painted sign by the gate? The farmer's equivalent of honing the perfect title for your novel - before writing it. :) Well, we've got one, anyhow.

September 14, 2010 at 6:28 PM  
Blogger Melanie J. said...

Good for you, girl; congratulations!

September 14, 2010 at 8:25 PM  
Blogger daisy said...

Whooo-hoo! You go, girl! daisy

September 14, 2010 at 8:28 PM  
Blogger Fresh Eggs Farm said...

YAY Jenna!!!

September 14, 2010 at 8:29 PM  
Blogger fersher said...

Yes, indeed-y!

September 14, 2010 at 8:45 PM  
Blogger E said...

Congratulations & good luck - even though luck is only a small part. You already have the hard work part figured out!

September 14, 2010 at 9:07 PM  
Blogger finsandfeathers said...

Good for you!

Are there any benefits being CAF, Inc. in New York?

September 14, 2010 at 11:16 PM  
Blogger SouthernHeart said...

Good for you! Now, just relax and enjoy the journey...

September 14, 2010 at 11:32 PM  
Blogger doglady said...

So does your tax ID mean you will have to collect sales tax on your goods? Are there benefits to this ID# such as not having to pay sales tax on equipment for the farm?

September 15, 2010 at 7:34 AM  
Blogger Mimi said...

I made crafts from wool and I made quilts, etc. and I got a tax number in MD to do that. You pay the taxes quarterly--they mailed me a little book of slips to mail in with my taxes that I was paying for the specific quarter. If you don't sell anything, you don't claim it but you do have to mail in the slip anyway that you didn't have any sales. I finally was able to get the state to accept that I was only selling during two quarters of the year (seasonal). That saved me mailing in slips on those quarters when I wasn't selling. I thought it wasn't difficult, but you definitely need to keep good records--inventory sheets, sales receipts, etc. which wasn't hard and helped me keep organized. When I first started I put things in a couple shops (before I decided to just do shows during the two quarters)and that was easy because the shop does the selling, takes a consignment fee (in my case, the shop wanted 20%) and gave me the sales receipts and an updated inventory sheet showing the items sold. Either way, I liked the way it worked and I was small time to say the least, but it feels good to know you are the business--your work and efforts are the business. Long story, but congratulations Jenna!!!

September 15, 2010 at 8:16 AM  
Blogger Harpy 101 said...

I love it when little inroads appear on the way toward manifesting dreams. Lovely moments. Congratulations, Jenna! So happy for you and love sharing your journey. PS...3 people in Denver made your Jackapple cake last weekend!

September 15, 2010 at 10:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Jenna,

I hope you don't mind my posting this here. If you think it's inappropriate, please go ahead and delete it.

I was watching this video and I thought of you, since your book is what first got me thinking seriously about how & when we can eventually enter into chicken husbandry.


I hope you don't mind me asking, what do you and the other CAF readers think about this? The return to self-sufficiency movement is catching on which is the market for your books. Yet there are chicken casualties of the urban chicken movement.

It has me wondering about the practicality of taking in a "rescued" chicken or two as part of a small egg & meat bird flock.

After all, part of your, and my own, journey through vegetarianism and back again was motivated by wanting to treat life respectfully and responsibly.

Of course, most people are not going to use their retirement fund to care for their farm animals, but if each urban homesteader considered taking in a cast-away chicken as part of their urban flock, in addition to ordering new birds, it would help compensate for the chicken casualties of the urban farming movement.

September 15, 2010 at 12:09 PM  
Blogger HEATHER said...

Go Jenna! Good for you!!

September 15, 2010 at 2:10 PM  
Blogger Kathie said...

Congrats! It's a huge step.

September 15, 2010 at 4:50 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

Nothing like taking the first step of the journey. Good luck!

September 15, 2010 at 6:18 PM  
Blogger Duck said...

Ooh! Ooh! Does this mean that whenever you walk into a farm supply place and they ask if you're tax exempt you can say "yes."?

I've been wondering how that all works... Tried researching it, but only came up with things like churches and non-profit organizations on the IRS site.

September 15, 2010 at 11:12 PM  
Blogger TMC said...


September 16, 2010 at 5:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CONGRATULATIONS! Does this mean you can also sell your honey?? Would you be willing to sell some honey? I'd love to be able to gift your honey to a few friends for Christmas ... :)

Also, I'm a new knitter (just moved to Montana from Los Angeles in an attempt to simplify and live closer to the land ... knitting is part of that ... hoping to get skilled enough to make hats for NEXT Christmas). Anyway ... will you make your wool available online? Have you thought about an Etsy store?

Again ... CONGRATS!!

September 21, 2010 at 12:01 PM  

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