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HomeNotes From KathyHow to Start a Movement

How to Start a Movement

A couple of years ago, we decided to start a movement. We wanted to create a community of learners who were looking for and sharing information on sustainable, profitable, pasture-raised livestock.

What we did pretty much followed the guidelines that Derek Sivers describes in this 3 minute TED talk. Just think of us as the goofy guy starting off the dance on the hillside:

And the link for our tablet readers.

Now, here’s the breakdown for the On Pasture Movement:

A leader needs the guts to stand out and be ridiculed.
We’ve never been so much concerned about ridicule, and fortunately we’ve gotten very little of that. But it did take guts to decide that we were going to commit to a start up that would require 7 articles a week, with no monetary support. We must have watched Field of Dreams once too often, and we believed that if we did good work, things would work out.

The first follower is what turns a lone nut into a leader.
We discussed the idea with our network of friends and colleagues and they were the ones that made us think that maybe we weren’t completely nuts. They agreed that there was need for this kind of publication, and they promised some level of support as authors and readers. Then they followed through with some of the first articles in 2013, and continuing today. Thank you for not leaving us out there dancing by ourselves! 🙂

Start a MovementIf you care about a movement, have the courage to follow and show others how to follow.
Because you follow us every week, we keep going. Your comments to articles, your emails to us, and the uptick in readership every week inspires us to work harder and find the answers to questions you’ve asked. The stats show us when you’re sharing articles, and sending folks to be part of the growing On Pasture Community. You’ve shown confidence by advertising, or signing up to be a member, or becoming an underwriter.

And Now for the Next Step:

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Now that you’ve found a couple of lone nuts doing great things, will you join us? 

You can read On Pasture without being a member, but if you’re not a member, On Pasture can’t survive.

On Pasture is not supported by any grants or government funding. That’s why we’re asking for your support. We’re not asking for a lot because we know how life on the farm or ranch is.  But, if every reader sent us what they’d pay for a cup of coffee once a month, we could cover our basic costs.  With a monthly coffee and a donut?  We’d actually be able to cover some salaries, and spend more time gathering the information you need.  The bigger your support, the more we can do for you.

We’ve grown to about 40,000 readers per month in just 2 short years. So we know that what we’re doing is valuable. Your support means that we can keep on doing it for another year. Just choose the button on the right that works for you. And if times are tough, we get it. Just send us a note to let us know what you like about On Pasture.

Thanks for reading!

Kathy and Rachel[/column]


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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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