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How do you start a farm?

Yesterday was Father's day -- it was a great day that I got to spend with my family.  In the afternoon, we hosted a family cookout at Shawnee Mission Park.  It was a fun and exciting time - everyone was doing lots of activities.  I was grilling hamburgers for the family and talking with a group of guys.  Someone asked --- How do you start a farm?  The question struck me because it is one of those that the actual answer is often not the expected answer.  The person asking the question was probably expecting an answer about buying livestock, setting fence and finding equipment, but my answer was different.  I said, you start a farm by deciding what your Core Values are.  This will be your compass from the very beginning in every decision you make - about livestock, about equipment and even about fencing.

While it is certainly true that our core farm values are emerging as we learn more and more about farming -- in reality -- it is our core values that are drawing us into farming.  

Synergistic Acres Core Values

  • We want to restore health to people by bringing them the most healthy, natural and nutrient dense food that we can provide.
  • We want to restore health the land by being intentional stewards for future generations and ensure that every action we do that affects the land will make it stronger and better in the future.
  • We want to restore health to the animals that we raise.  Healthy animals make healthy foods so we will ensure that our animals are as healthy as nature will allow. 

Each of these values is quite loaded and will end up being an entire discussion in itself. However, by knowing from the beginning what our values are makes starting a farm much easier.  



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