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10 Dreams for Future Farm Projects

A farmer’s work is never finished! Joel envisions ambitious accomplishments for the years to come in these 10 dreams for future projects.

| April/May 2020

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I may be turning into an old geezer, but I’m still loaded with dreams for the future. The editors at Mother Earth News have asked me to share some of those goals, so here are 10 farm projects I’m hoping to achieve in the future:

1. Add enterprises to our farm. What? You mean a dozen aren’t enough? No, we haven’t even scratched the surface. We’d like to partner with an autonomous produce entrepreneur. We have land, compost, equipment, market, labor. Although Polyface is known for pastured livestock, we eat potatoes, blackberries, and zucchini too.

Success in any enterprise requires passion; few people are equally passionate about animals and plants. That dichotomy even extends to annuals versus perennials. Developing complementary enterprises with collaborative interests is the backbone of community, which is the path to resilience and security. Rounding out the grocery bag leverages our customers into bigger buyers and increases their dependency on us — the one-stop farm.

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I’ve picked out several perfect sites for orchards. We have animals to keep them mowed and chippers to handle prunings. How about a vineyard? Specialty berries? Although we have most of this, it’s not enough to feed our entire farm crew, and we have plenty of customers who beg for more. I’m looking for a partner.

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