Thursday, December 30, 2010

just start

12 Comments:

Blogger Kelpie and Collie said...

A really good way to start, is to inherit the farm from your parents ;) But, wait, that's what he did!

December 30, 2010 at 7:29 AM  
Blogger twistie said...

so what, it's not a bad thing and it's not like they didn't work the farm prior to that! Geez!

December 30, 2010 at 7:44 AM  
Blogger Odie Langley said...

He said it very well and seemed to have a good crowd there. When I was young my dad raised rabbits and I really enjoyed helping him with that.
Odie

December 30, 2010 at 7:47 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Joel's message to new farmers in his books and lectures is to simply start where you are, which I love. His motto is if you can't turn a profit on your backyard and garage you won't turn a profit on 60 acres either, so start small with a market garden and rabbits or hens and build from there.

Joel might have inheritted that land, but his family went through hell to get it. And they turned a wasteland into paradise.

December 30, 2010 at 8:20 AM  
Blogger jodi said...

I have been to Polyface. Inspirational to just walk around and buy some great meat!

December 30, 2010 at 8:27 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

Great clip, thanks for sharing! And I think his message applies well to anything you might want to do, not just farming. Don't worry about how you'll do it, or if you'll do it well, just DO IT. You can sort out the rest later.

December 30, 2010 at 9:29 AM  
Blogger Kathleen Stoltzfus said...

Exactly, start where we are, wherever that happens to be. If anyone thinks they can't farm because they have a small city lot, then check out "little Homestead in the City" at http://urbanhomestead.org/journal. Four people on a small city lot, raising most of what they eat with some extra to sell. Yes, they are in a climate that's conducive to year-around growing, but still...

December 30, 2010 at 12:12 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

Kind of reminds me of that saying "bloom where you're planted."

December 30, 2010 at 2:18 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

I made it to the joke about feeding meat on toothpicks to children of vegetarians. Not funny....

December 30, 2010 at 3:31 PM  
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December 30, 2010 at 3:32 PM  
Blogger Rachael said...

I just finished watching all of the 'episodes'. I love Joe's idea on healing the land. It all makes such perfect sense. Then to hear him talk about just starting somewhere, even if we make mistakes, was what most of us need to hear. I know I'm not just speaking for myself when I say that sometimes "farming" becomes a daunting task when we start to process all that is involved. Just start - somewhere - anywhere - even if it's just a pot of tomatoes on your patio one season and a few hens then next. Those are 2 steps in the right direction.

January 2, 2011 at 6:40 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I can't wait to read his new book, ordered it tonigh!

January 3, 2011 at 9:58 PM  

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