Small Farm Nation: Farming | Marketing | Homesteading
By Tim Young: SmallFarmNation.com | Lifestyle Entrepreneur
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Hosted by Tim Young of smallfarmnation.com, this is THE podcast about the business of small-scale family farming and homesteading. Addressing questions such as, how to market and grow your farm business? How to find customers, sell at farmers markets, grow your CSA and build your farm email list? How do you go from having a garden hobby to a farm business? These are just some of the big questions that Tim Young dives into on the Small Farm Nation podcast (formerly Self-Sufficient Life). The key to realizing your dream of having a successful sustainable farm is first understanding that it's not a hobby...it's a business. And all businesses need customers, which is why farm marketing is so critical. From building your farm brand and email list to selling at farmers markets, launching a CSA or figuring out how to sell to restaurants, each episode will inspire you with farm marketing tips so you can take action to grow your farm business, whether you're already a market gardener, sustainable farmer or a homesteader with farm dreams.
||Clean4 Steps to Overcoming Farm Price Objections||smallfarmnationacademy.com We all know that sustainably produced food is more expensive than supermarket food, so how do we explain that when challenged? This week I want to discuss a challenge that many small farmers face. It’s one that they seem to all dread and it puts them on the defensive. It’s the whole issue of defending why their products cost so much. Or, at least seems to cost so much. Now, this is a real issue for many of us, so it’s not one we should run from. We need to be prepared to face this head on, and the better you get at this, the more it will become a non-issue. Why is that? Because, as your skill improves at conveying value, that skill will permeate all aspects of your marketing. Your blog posts, your social media updates, what you say on your website and in your email marketing. You’ll become proficient at conveying value and focusing on benefits, rather than being defensive. Before we dive in, I want you to understand something. The Dollar Store shopper isn’t your farm's customer. Or at least not for most of you. You’re not running blue light specials. I want you to understand that price objection is a good sign because it’s usually a buying signal. The prospective customer wants to buy but needs to rationalize this objection. And it’s your job to help them do just that. And in this episode, I explain how to do that.||5/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview with urban farmer Curtis Stone||Each month,I conduct a mastermind interview for members of the Small Farm Nation Academy. They’re video calls between me and an expert in matters that relate to growing a profitable farming business, and they tend to be an hour long, give or take.||5/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat farmers need to know about 2018 Facebook newsfeed changes||So you jumped on the band wagon and created a Facebook page, but no one responded to your posts, right? In this episode I walk you through the 2018 Facebook newsfeed algorithm change and tell you how to survive the social media circus.||1/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEmail List Building 101 For Farmers||Email marketing is a great way to sell your farm products, but how do you build a list in the first place? In this episode I walk you through the four not-so-simple steps of email list building for your farm business. You’ve heard it many times,||1/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7 Reason Why Small Farms Fail||Small businesses routinely fail in every industry segment, but what causes small farms to fail? In this episode I share 7 reasons why small farms fail, so you learn what not to do so that your farm thrives. So,||1/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFarm Law, Liability & How to Protect Your Assets||A lot of people dream of starting a family farm and selling directly to customers, but how do you protect yourself from getting sued? In this episode, join me and the Food Lawyer, Jason Foscolo, as we discuss farm law,||12/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDo You Have a Farm Business or a Farm Hobby?||The phrase hobby farm is cute and all, but what’s the difference between a hobby farm and a farming business? In this episode, I’m going to tell you why you might have a farm hobby that costs you money rather than a thriving farm business that earns||12/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMy Interview on Chris Martenson’s Peak Prosperity Podcast||This week I was a guest on the popular Peak Prosperity podcast. It was a great pleasure speaking with Adam Taggart, who co-founded Peak Prosperity with Chris Martenson. You can listen to the episode here on the Peak Prosperity website,||11/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Build Your Personal Farm Brand||We’ve all heard the term corporate branding, but what is a personal brand, and do farmers need one? In this episode, I’m going to tell you why you need to develop your own personal farm brand, and how to do it. Because, from a marketing perspective||11/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe “Ideal Customer” Myth||It’s easy to grow your farm or small business, right? Just define your ideal customer and find more like them. Well, today, I’ll put an end to this myth and explain why it’s not about your ideal customer, but rather it’s about YOU! You know,||11/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11 Rules for Starting a Successful Farm Business||Many people dream of starting a sustainable family farm, but what are the keys to having a successful farm business? In this episode, I share my 11 business rules for starting and running a successful farm business.||10/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFarming/Homesteading as a Retirement Strategy | Homesteading | Farming||When people think of retirement, they often think of golf or travel. But what about homesteading or farming as a retirement strategy? In this final episode of season 1, I’ll share with you how we and many other farmsteaders are thinking very old-schoo||3/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFarmstead Update: Shaking the Winter Blues | Homesteading | Farming||Sign Up Spring has sprung but the grass ain’t ris, and we can’t find where the flowers is. This week, Liz joins me as we shake the winter blues and share an update of what’s happening on the farm. Listen to the Podcast||3/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy We Eat the Animals We Love | Homesteading | Farming||We love animals, so farming livestock was an easy decision for us. So how can we eat the animals we love? Today, I’ll tell you why PETA is dead wrong and why eating the "right" meat is best for people, the environment AND the animals.||3/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean23 Questions to Ask Before Buying Rural Land | Homesteading | Farming||When you search for rural land you’ll find all sorts of places that look promising. But how do you know if you’ve found your dream property? Today, I’ll share what we’ve learned and cover the 23 questions you should answer before buying that rur||3/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10 Survival Lessons From the Great Depression | Homesteading | Farming||Many people believe that The Great Depression was a hard time for all Americans, but is that true? This week, I’ll tackle that myth and share 10 Survival Lessons from The Great Depression era. - Listen to the Podcast||3/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy “Can I Make Money Homesteading?” is the Wrong Question | Homesteading | Farming||A lot of folks have asked me if they can make money farming or homesteading, but is that even the right question to ask? This week, Liz and I will share why it may not be and what we’ve learned about the financial side of a self-sufficient lifestyle.||2/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat is Modern Homesteading Anyway? | Homesteading | Prepping||Myself and many others on this podcast use the phrase modern homesteading, but what does that really mean in this digital age? - Listen to the Podcast Subscribe to Self-Sufficient Life on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, Google Play or TuneIn -||2/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Homeschooling Decision| Homesteading||Many modern homesteaders made a choice to opt-out and provide for themselves, but what impact does that choice have on their children? This week, we’ll begin a series of discussing the real life ups and downs of homeschooling children. -||2/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Start a Farm or Homestead With No Money | Homesteading||I’ve shared many stories of people who have opted out of the rat race, but some of them had saved money to do so? But what if you haven’t? - Listen to the Podcast Subscribe to Self-Sufficient Life on iTunes, Stitcher Radio,||2/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Make Money Homesteading | Homesteading||Moving to the country means you still make money, so how do you decide what business ideas to pursue? - Listen to the Podcast Subscribe to Self-Sufficient Life on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, Google Play or TuneIn - -||1/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBuilding a New Homestead with Tim & Liz Young|Farming | Homesteading||Moving to a new homestead you get to start with a clean slate. So how do you decide what you need? This week, Liz and I share what animals and infrastructure we settled on for our new homestead. Listen Now! Subscribe to Small Farm Nation on iTunes,||1/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEsther Emery & The Circle of Life|Off-Grid | Homesteading||Welcome to Episode 18! So, if you’re the daughter of a famous homesteader, you’re destined to live off the land yourself, right? Today, you’ll find out what falls from the sky when a teenager rebels against the mother of modern homesteading.||1/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHomestead Privacy with Tim & Liz Young|Farming | Homesteading||How can a modern homesteader expect to achieve personal privacy in the digital age? This week, Liz and I discuss the homestead we settled on and the steps we have taken to live a private, self-sufficient life. Listen to the Podcast||12/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMoving to a New Homestead with Tim & Liz Young|Farming | Homesteading||If you had an opportunity to opt out of the rat race and set up a modern homestead, how would you go about it? This week you’ll hear my wife Liz and I share our step-by-step process for choosing our new homestead location. Listen to the Podcast||12/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Beginning Farmer||Welcome to Episode 15! So, what can happen when an active youth pastor gets the results from his life insurance physical? Today, you’ll hear how those results and what the doctor ordered drove the youth pastor to become the beginning farmer.||12/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom Investment Banker & Fashion Designer to Sustainable Farmers||In this episode you'll hear the story of how an investment banker and a fashion designer traded the glamour of Manhattan for goats and brambles in Tennessee. Imagine being a young couple living the good life in New York. One's an investment banker,||12/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Accidental Farmers with Tim & Liz Young|Farming | Homesteading||So, what can happen when a suburban couple living on a golf course decides to take a horseback riding trip? Turns out they decide to chuck the house, buy 100 acres in the country and become the accidental farmers. Listen to the Podcast||11/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPastured Pork | Farming | Homesteading||So, what happens when a Harvard educated lawyer trades in the bright lights of the city for rural farm life? Well, when he stops bringing home the bacon he learns to actually make award-winning bacon and sausage. That's what! Listen to the Podcast||11/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAbundant Permaculture with Justin Rhodes| Backyard Chickens | Homesteading||Whatta ya get when you combine a drunken homeless man, a deer tick and the Internet? Today, you’ll find out how those three ingredients, along with a determined entrepreneur, add up to Abundant Permaculture. Listen to the Podcast||11/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Hot Dog Who Started a Lavender Farm After His Owner Lost Everything | Homesteading||Everyone wants to be a millionaire, but where do you turn when you strike it rich then lose it all in a real estate meltdown? In this episode I share the story of a hot dog who rescued a couple of corporate drop-outs who lost everything in the Great Re.||11/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChris Martenson | Crash Course | Economic Collapse | Homesteading||So what would cause a trained scientist and big pharma executive to sell everything he owns and move to the country? Well, find out as I share the story of, not a mad scientist, but a scientist who got mad when he discovered we’re on a Crash Course wi||10/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanArtisan Cheese | Raising Goats | Homesteading||If you think it’s tough trying to raise a kid, try raising 185 hungry kids. Today, I’ll share the story of a New York lawyer and a high-end builder who decided to ditch their demanding clients so they could herd goats and make artisan cheese.||10/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDaisy Luther | The Organic Prepper | Survival Mom | Homesteading||If you want to change the way people think, sometimes you just gotta get right up in their grill and tell ‘em what you think. Today, I’ll share the story of Daisy Luther. A freedom fighting, gun-toting, homeschooling mother who’s inspiring a natio||10/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKendra Lynne | New Life on a Homestead | Canning | Homesteading||We all love our children, but what do you do when that cute little girl of yours grows up to be a defiant teenage trouble maker? Today, I’ll share the story of how a rebellious teenager in a gang-infested neighborhood escaped to develop a new life on||10/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMark Goodwin | Prepper | Christian Author||Some men get trapped in the purple haze of life, only to see the light when God himself answers their prayers from the county jail. This week, I share the story of one such man. A man who kicked his drug addiction to become a prepper and bestselling au.||9/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJill Winger | Essential Oils | Prairie Homestead | Homesteading||Welcome to Episode 4. In this episode, you'll hear the story of a little girl who pushed her city wheelbarrow to the life in the country she was destined for. Little kids dream of becoming all kinds of things when they grow up,||9/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPatrice Lewis | Rural Revolution | Woodcraft Entrepreneur | Homesteading||Welcome to Episode 3. In this episode, you'll hear the story of how a monster traffic jam in Sacramento sparked a rural revolution in Idaho. Patrice Lewis sat in a monster Sacramento traffic jam and reached her tipping point.||9/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 1: Episode 2: $250K/Yr Blogging | Lisa Steele | Backyard Chickens||Welcome to Episode 2. In this episode, you’ll hear the story of how Lisa Steele escaped the concrete jungle surrounding Wall Street and built a lucrative brand around backyard chickens. Lisa Steele made Gordon Gecko proud,||9/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Loved hearing the stories of...
…people who opted out, and how they did it. Particularly how they figured out how to make money homesteading and with online businesses.
Great Stories and Great Storytelling!
Host Tim Young does an amazing job of presenting the stories of folks who have turned away from the so-called normal life to pursue a life of self-sufficiency. Inspiring, motivating and educational.
Peek into homesteading life
Tim Young's new podcast is a great look into individuals who have chosen the modern homesteading life. He covers the choices and ups and downs. I really appreciate his '3 takeaways' at the end of each segment.
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