The Accidental Chicken Farmer Makes a Profit On Purpose

Josh Slingerland became a farmer by accident. He was trying to drop his kids off at day care on the way to his welding job, but the day care was closed for good. The solution to their sudden child care problem? Start a poultry-based farm. Since then he's planned everything out, and three years in, he's bringing in the same salary he would have been making at welding, plus he's home with the kids. A Good Start Josh, Victoria, and their kids live in the house they built on a fifty-acre farm that's been in her family since the original lease-lines were drawn in New York. Her mother offered it to her and their siblings, but Josh and Victoria were the only ones interested. They built a coop soon after moving in, thinking they'd raise their own eggs, and got a dozen birds. Then they built a barn, thinking maybe they would raise horses for the kids to ride. Talking that over, horses didn't sound like such a great idea. They would just be money going out the door. Josh and Victoria figured they would raise some of their own food, though, and added two cows to their 12 chickens. The 12 chickens turned into 20 to raise eggs for friends and family, and then came the Wednesday when Josh tried to drop off the kids. The day the door to the day care was locked, Josh had to take the kids home. When he and Victoria talked it over, they figured he could try this farming thing and stay

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  1. My father was a farmer, as well, and trained as a welder post-WWII. All he wanted to do was farm, but Pennsylvania has always viewed farmers as the peasant class (never mind it takes more knowledge to farm than most other professions–quick on the brain or quickly dead, as we say). It seems every step is regulated, so much so, most farmers will not touch many of the things the state does offer and very often the children of farmers only want out of aggie.

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