May 30, 2022

Tips From Fellow Graziers For Heading Your Farming/Ranching Career in the Right Direction

May is another Bonus Month and Jenn Colby is back to share more about what she’s learned as the host of the podcast Choosing to Farm. Enjoy! In the course of my conversations with farmers and ranchers who have established new careers in agriculture, I’ve heard some great advice for other folks who are also […]

March 28, 2022

Bonus week – A New Place to Get Farming/Ranching Information and Ideas

Note from Kathy: I recently tuned into a new podcast that I think On Pasture readers will like. Farmer and On Pasture contributor Jenn Colby is the host of Choosing to Farm: New Generation Stories and it is full of great ideas courtesy of first generation farmers and ranchers. I asked Jenn to tell us […]

March 28, 2022

Are You What’s Holding Your Grazing Business Back?

Note from Kathy: Welcome to On Pasture’s Bonus week! Most months have four weeks. But on those special months with five weeks, On Pasture brings you something special too. Thanks to Jenn Colby for this week’s “Notes from Kathy” and for this week’s article. “I realized that I  was what was holding my farm business […]

January 17, 2022

How Developing a Farm Vision Got Me Out of an Endless Chore Loop and On To Success

On Pasture’s New Year’s Resolution is to help you develop a business vision and goals that ensure a happy, healthy life, and a grazing operation that gets you there. Creating a vision and goals, isn’t something that’s natural for most of us. So, to make the process easier, we’ll be providing lots of examples, like […]

January 10, 2022

Do you want to be in the same place next year that you are right now?

Thanks to Jenn Colby for this week’s “Notes from Kathy.” Maybe everything on your farm is going perfectly. The animals are productive, grass growth is great, and you’re feeding minimal hay and making money. Terrific! But is that your whole life? How is your family—do you see them enough? Do you have time for things […]

September 17, 2018

Learning to Market from the Heart – What I Learned from Charlotte Smith

On Pasture author Jenn Colby was one of the people who participated in Charlotte Smith’s free webinar last May and then went on to take Charlotte’s 5-week farm marketing course with me and about 50 other members of the On Pasture Community. We asked her to share what she learned from “Farm Marketing From the […]

July 24, 2017

The Progressing Farmer Goes to the Bank…and Another Bank…and Another…

Want to get a loan to buy your farm? Jenn Colby shares what happens in real life when you’re working with lenders.

June 12, 2017

The Progressing Farmer Buys a Farm Part 3: How to Pick the Right Farm

In Part 1 of this series, Jenn Colby described her drive to farm, how hard she worked to make a go of it on a tight budget, the business plan that told her, don’t quit your day job and maybe get a better paying job so you can afford your farming dream, and how that […]

April 17, 2017

The Progressing Farmer Buys a Farm Part 2: Getting Your Head Right

In Part 1 of this series, Jenn Colby described her drive to farm, how hard she worked to make a go of it on a tight budget, the business plan that told her, don’t quit your day job and maybe get a better paying job so you can afford your farming dream, and how that […]

April 10, 2017

Jenn Colby, Progressing Farmer: How to Start Your Own Farm From Scratch

Jenn Colby is one of the group of folks whose brainstorming helped create On Pasture, and we think of her as a Progressing Farmer because she’s been making progress towards her own family farm for awhile now. For years Jenn has kept a lot of balls in the air including working full time as an […]

June 9, 2014

Sweet Swine Success

As farmers and direct marketers, the Nottermans of Snug Valley Farm have expanded their existing pork production and marketing by 900% in the last three years. They are now marketing pasture-raised heritage pork to customers and restaurants from Hardwick to Burlington, VT. Their expectation is that within the next two years, they will increase their […]

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