Barking Moon Farm Finds That Smaller Can Be Better, Part 2


Planting A Future: Profiles from Oregon’s New Farm Movement spotlights 18 Oregon farms and farm supporters who are committed to a return to ecologically sound agricultural practices. This group reflects the diversity of people, both young and old, who are reshaping our state’s food system and reclaiming our right to eat well. In their stories you will hear how they came to be where they are, learn something about the challenges they face, and share their happiness at the successes they’ve enjoyed thus far. The following profile has been excerpted from Planting A Future.

Read Part 1 of the Barking Moon Farm profile.

“It’s hard to do this year after year and to continually do without,” said Josh. “Like not be able to buy kids clothes. Take a vacation. Have time to be with my kids. Decide if I’m going to bathe, or eat, or spend time with my family, because I can’t do it all. But with the way things are going at the moment, the skill of our employees is alleviating a lot of the pressure that was on me. We even bought a canoe recently, and believe me, that’s been a big thing… just going to the lake and cooling down on the weekends.”

As Josh and Melissa have struggled and learned and grown through their first seven years of farming, Josh feels like they’ve learned a great deal – both about what to do and what not to do. So I asked him what advice he would give other folks who are thinking about giving farming a try.

“We’ve definitely learned that it’s important to have a partner who supports you,” he said. “Your partner doesn’t necessarily have to help you farm, but they have to be supportive of what you’re trying to do. And you have to return that support. You both need to be happy and fulfilled or in the long run, things just won’t work because there’s too much pressure.

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