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Building this farm, growing my dream – part 2

Previous posts // The Biggest Risk & Growing My Dream – Part 1 ‘No‘ seemed to be the very word I’d been terrified of and was hearing over and over. Surprisingly, the word hadn’t killed me yet like I’d always assumed it would. The Grant was submitted on time – but was unsuccessful. [A few tips included at the end of this post about grants.] I also told you that I had canceled my FSA loan application. Hugely impatient… I thought I’d skirt around the Farm Service Agency and speak with a banker. I contacted a farm lending service to…

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If plan ‘A’ doesn’t work

To celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary we left the farm – woohoo! The husband and I spent some time making plans over the last 24 hours, no children and cattle gave us time to focus. We spent a good deal of that time talking about the LAST 10 years, the NEXT 10 weeks, and where we want to be 10 years from now. The thing is — neither of us ever expected to be having this conversation when we started our married life, a life that we knew was going to revolve around dairy. We decided together that we…

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Building this farm, growing my dream – part 1

Previous post // The Biggest Risk Applying for assistance through the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been the heartbeat behind our dairy dreams. In 2007 we began the paperwork to start our dairy business and a few times over the years it has continued as we have relocated, made improvements, purchased more cattle and built new structures. Without the FSA our farm wouldn’t be here, during these low and unfortunate milk prices the FSA has allowed us to continue business. FSA loans are… Well, the loans from the FSA are… The Farm Service Agency and their beginning farmers loans can…

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The biggest risk

Complete the sentence, I’m really good at _________________. It’s suppose to be a moment to compliment yourself, but the only words I could come up with were raw and honest and sad. Because hard as it is to acknowledge, it has been the truth. I am a VERY good cheerleader for other people’s dreams, and yet I allow myself to give up. When milk prices headed south and my husband looked for an outlet for his stress as a volunteer firefighter, I said “ok”. And when the farm was taking away from our savings account and my husband said he…