Tag Archives: beginning farmers

Talisman

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My farm is a wondrous and enchanting place that has fast become my magical talisman. Like a romantic fantasy-land come to life, complete with bewitching fawna, otherworldly creatures and an energy running through it that both captivates and mesmerizes. She is beautiful, so vibrant and full of life. With every caress of wind on my skin, every soothing rain shower,… Read more »

The #GreatFarmMove #FinalChapter

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Land-access is one of the biggest challenges facing beginning farmers today, and one that I have certainly struggled with as I’ve worked to build my income from farming. Runamuk has moved a number of times and it is always such an ordeal that─to make light of the situation─I’ve come to refer to these transitions as the “GreatFarmMove”. I am overjoyed and… Read more »

200 Days

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200 days

Today marks the 200th day since I first dropped off my application with the USDA’s Farm Service Agency back on September 28th. 200 days slogging my way through the red tape associated with the government-financing process in hopes of one day owning my own forever-farm. Everyone wants to know what’s going on─have we Closed yet? when do we move??? My… Read more »

Runamuk’s 2017 Year’s End Review: Part 2

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When I first started selling vegetables nearly 8 years ago, I was a stay-at-home homeschooling mom to 2 rowdy young boys. I wanted to earn an income without having to get a job outside the home, and what started with a 10-family CSA has grown and transformed into a diverse apiary operation with supporting acts from egg production, vegetable gardening… Read more »

Runamuk’s 2017 Year’s End Review: Part 1

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Here we are at another year’s end. This always seems to be an introspective time for me. A time for reflection and review, for letting go of what no longer serves us and for embracing new things into our lives. Before we move on to 2018 and all that a new year brings with it, I’d like to take a… Read more »

Jang Seeder Giveaway Winner!

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We have a winner in the giveaway for the Jang JP1 Clean Seeder from Johnny’s Selected Seeds! A total of 333 people participated in the Jang Seeder Giveaway, but in the end only 1 could win. Daniel “Pierce” Epes of Water Valley, Mississippi was drawn randomly by Rafflecopter, and he responded promptly to my email to confirm. Pierce grows approximately… Read more »

FSA Farm Loan Update: Complete Application!

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It’s been 54 days today since I dropped off the bulk of my FSA farm loan application with the Somerset County branch of the USDA’s Farm Service Agency. Surprisingly enough, things continue to progress in the direction of ownership of the Swinging Bridge Farm for Runamuk. The Story So Far: Making an Offer Negotiations Hesitation Over the Swinging Bridge Farm… Read more »

Jang Seeder Giveaway 10.16.2017 thru 11.20.2017

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If you are a beginning farmer, a homesteader looking to scale up, or even an avid gardener seeking to increase the efficiency of your labors─don’t miss Runamuk’s upcoming Jang Seeder Giveaway! Beginning on Monday, October 16th, 2017 and running through Monday, November 20th, 2017, dedicated followers and new readers alike can participate to win a Jang JP-1 Seeder, thanks to… Read more »

Meeting at the Somerset County Farm Service Agency

Yesterday morning I had a meeting with Janice Ramirez at the Somerset County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) regarding my loan application, their requirements, and the process involved in government financing of the Swinging Bridge Farm. I’ve visited them 2 or 3 times before, but the representatives there are always patient and kind; they seem to truly want to help… Read more »

Hesitation over the Swinging Bridge Farm

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After 12 days of agonizing back and forth negotiations with the Seller of the Swinging Bridge Farm, I learned last night that they are hesitant to make a commitment with me at this time. When I received the news last night I was at Johnny’s after hours with a few devout supporters who joined me in painting bee-themed magnets that… Read more »