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Forrest Pritchard and Hammer
Forrest says “Sometimes I still just want to hit myself in the head with a hammer. You probably know what I mean.”

For years, Forrest Pritchard has been selling farm raised beef and pork at his on farm store, and to dedicated customers at the farmers markets in Washington D.C.  So it seemed like a win-win situation when another farmers market seller suggested he take over the business of selling lamb from Montana.  Forrest put a pen to paper to figure out the costs involved, and came up with a tidy profit.  He signed a contract, waited for the product to arrive, and then for the money to roll in.  But that’s not how it worked out.

In what he describes as “The Biggest Mistake I Ever Made as a Farmer,” Pritchard tells the rest of the story and shares a lesson he learned that can help us all be more successful.

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Kathy Voth
Kathy Voth
I am the founder, editor and publisher of On Pasture, now retired. My career spanned 40 years of finding creative solutions to problems, and sharing ideas with people that encouraged them to work together and try new things. From figuring out how to teach livestock to eat weeds, to teaching range management to high schoolers, outdoor ed graduation camping trips with fifty 6th graders at a time, building firebreaks with a 130-goat herd, developing the signs and interpretation for the Storm King Fourteen Memorial trail, receiving the Conservation Service Award for my work building the 150-mile mountain bike trail from Grand Junction, Colorado to Moab, Utah...well, the list is long so I'll stop with, I've had a great time and I'm very grateful.

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