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The Beginning Farmer Show chronicles the good, bad, and ugly of starting a farm from scratch. Listen each week as beginning farmer Ethan Book share updates from the farm, insight into farm decision making, and lessons that he has had to learn the hard way.

The Beginning Farmer Show Ethan Book :: Farmer, Blogger, Founder of Crooked Gap Farm

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The Beginning Farmer Show chronicles the good, bad, and ugly of starting a farm from scratch. Listen each week as beginning farmer Ethan Book share updates from the farm, insight into farm decision making, and lessons that he has had to learn the hard way.

    TBF 151 :: Changing the Inventory of a Farm

    TBF 151 :: Changing the Inventory of a Farm

    Now that you know the large collection of things that we have on the farm I want to share some of my thoughts on what needs to head down the road, what needs to be added, and where I am the most confused! It has become obvious to me that one of the tractors needs to go, and in a perfect world it needs to be replaced by a skid loader that would be able to perform quite a few important tasks on the farm. Also, an addition to the shed is something that is at the top of the list once we can get the money together and the details figured out.
    The biggest question facing the farm at this moment though is what are we going to do about the hay operation. Or maybe I should say the "hay dabbling" because it hardly seems big enough to be classified as an operation. I can see the benefits that it has, but I'm wondering if those benefits outweigh the negatives. What do you think?
    If you do make your way over to this post though I would love to hear what you think about the equipment and infrastructure our farm has accumulated over the past ten years. Do you have any advice on what probably doesn't need to be on our farm? Do you think the hay business is something that we should continue to pursue? Why in the world do I have so many tractors on such a small farm?
    Thank you so much for listening and I hope that you join in the conversation!

    • 39 min
    TBF 150 :: Taking Stock and Deciding What to Do

    TBF 150 :: Taking Stock and Deciding What to Do

    I'm just going to be completely honest here. I have forgotten most of what it takes to post a podcast episode since it has been such a long time since I have regularly released episodes! With that in mind these "show notes" are really just going to be a link to the show if you'd like to listen on-line or share your thoughts on the Crooked Gap Farm Inventory that I detailed in this episode. 
    If you do make your way over to this post though I would love to hear what you think about the equipment and infrastructure our farm has accumulated over the past ten years. Do you have any advice on what probably doesn't need to be on our farm? Do you think the hay business is something that we should continue to pursue? Why in the world do I have so many tractors on such a small farm? 
    Thank you so much for listening and I hope that you join in the conversation!

    • 26 min
    TBF 149 :: This is Sort of a Test, Farm Updates, and a Hard Lesson Learned

    TBF 149 :: This is Sort of a Test, Farm Updates, and a Hard Lesson Learned

    Subscribe to "The Beginning Farmer" YouTube Channel! Hey there! This is a BRAND NEW EPISODE of "The Beginning Farmer Show"!!! I'm not sure when the next one will be, but for now this one is here and I'm looking for direction when it comes to the show. If you have any good leads or ideas of farmers that you would like to hear on the show please let me know by clicking the link below and reaching out through the Facebook page.
    Check out The Beginning Farmer Show on Facebook!
    As always, I want to thank you so much for listening and supporting the show with your encouragement and reviews on iTunes! I am continually working to produce a better show, and I'm thankful for all of the listeners sticking with me as I learn.
    If you do enjoy the show, don't forget that you can subscribe on iTunes and leave a five star rating and review (by clicking the link). If you are an Android phone user you can also subscribe on the free Stitcher App. It is so very encouraging to know that people are listening and enjoying the show!
    I would love to hear your questions, show ideas, or comments about the show. Feel free to shoot me an e-mail! As always you can follow along with "The Beginning Farmer" and Crooked Gap Farm by checking out these links ...
    Crooked Gap Farm Crooked Gap Farm on Facebook Crooked Gap Farm on Twitter  

    • 21 min
    TBF 148 :: Hello Again, Farm Updates, and a Hard Lesson Learned

    TBF 148 :: Hello Again, Farm Updates, and a Hard Lesson Learned

    That means this episode is all about the livestock on the farm ... how they've been handling the summer, what I've been doing with them, and whether or not we still have a farm period! Hopefully you enjoy the show!

    • 33 min
    TBF 147 :: The Not How To Episode, Other News, and a Hard Lesson Learned

    TBF 147 :: The Not How To Episode, Other News, and a Hard Lesson Learned

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    It is story time! Plans were made, forms were formed, rock was moved, compactors were used, rain came, snow came, everything became muddy, even more rock was moved, concrete was poured, and in the middle of the night the concrete was covered with plastic/tarps/straw. Actually it sounds pretty easy when it is summed up in one long run-on sentence! Honestly though, it was a big week on the farm to get everything ready for concrete and then eventually for the pour. And while there is still plenty of work to do in order to get everything finalized I thought it would would be fun to share the story of the big cement project. The most important thing though is to recognize the awesome help that I had! None of this would have happened without my wife, my uncle, my cousin, and my neighbors ... so, sit back and enjoy (I hope) the story.

     Do You Want to Know More about My Cool New Boots?
    These days I'm rocking LaCrosse Brand Alpha Range Boots (that's the link to the LaCrosse website) ... you can even pick them up on Amazon (affiliate link)! They are by far the most comfortable mud boots that I have ever owned. I love the gusseted back because I like to tuck my insulated bibs into the boots, and did I mention the are super comfortable! Check out the links if you are looking for some good boots this winter, and I'll share more as I see how they stand up to to the life of an Iowa pig farmer.

    Check out The Beginning Farmer Show on Facebook! 

    As always, I want to thank you so much for listening and supporting the show with your encouragement and reviews on iTunes! I am continually working to produce a better show, and I'm thankful for all of the listeners sticking with me as I learn.

    If you do enjoy the show, don't forget that you can subscribe on iTunes and leave a five star rating and review (by clicking the link). If you are an Android phone user you can also subscribe on the free Stitcher App. It is so very encouraging to know that people are listening and enjoying the show!

    I would love to hear your questions, show ideas, or comments about the show. Feel free to shoot me an e-mail! As always you can follow along with "The Beginning Farmer" and Crooked Gap Farm by checking out these links ...
    Crooked Gap Farm
    Crooked Gap Farm on Facebook
    Crooked Gap Farm on Twitter
     

    • 37 min
    TBF 146 :: Gifts for Farmers, Now What's Happening, and the Family

    TBF 146 :: Gifts for Farmers, Now What's Happening, and the Family

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    With Christmas coming up before we know it (and possibly putting an end to my concrete dreams) I thought it would be good to share my Top Ten Gifts for the farmer or aspiring farmer on your list. I've tried to diversify the list a bit with some tools I use on the farm, some tools that are important to the farm, a couple of my favorite books, and even some podcasting tools! One thing that I noticed as I made up the list was that it has quite a few expensive items on it. At first I was a little taken back by that realization, but then it came to me ... as I have matured in my farming adventure I have found that quality really does win the day on the farm. Quality can save time, it can save on broken tools, and most of all it can save frustration! Of course not everything on the list is expensive ... I mean I do love a good pair of sub-$10 USA made pliers! As a bonus I'm also sharing a link to the new boots I've been putting through the paces and some leftover Beginning Farmer T-shirts!

    :: The Farmer's Christmas List :: (Amazon links are affiliate links)
    The Lean Farm by Ben Hartman Contrary Farmer by Gene Logsdon Dewalt LED Flashlight 20V and the Dewalt 20V Impact Wrench Green Valley Chainsaw Scabbard Tool Box for Organizing Stuff Rite in the Rain Notebook for Planning Podcasting Mic :: Mic Stand :: Foam Windscreen :: Shock Mount :: Bossjock Studio Speedrite 6000i Fence Energizer (Same as the Stafix x6i Ethan uses) TEKTON Slip Joint Pliers All American 30 Quart Pressure Canner :: The Bonus Items ::
    The Beginning Farmer Show Shirts (SS: $15 or LS: $20) *while supplies last Alpha Range Boots (the cool new boots I'm rocking) Do You Want to Know More about My Cool New Boots?

    These days I'm rocking LaCrosse Brand Alpha Range Boots (that's the link to the LaCrosse website) ... you can even pick them up on Amazon (affiliate link)! They are by far the most comfortable mud boots that I have ever owned. I love the gusseted back because I like to tuck my insulated bibs into the boots, and did I mention the are super comfortable! Check out the links if you are looking for some good boots this winter, and I'll share more as I see how they stand up to to the life of an Iowa pig farmer.

    Check out The Beginning Farmer Show on Facebook! 

    As always, I want to thank you so much for listening and supporting the show with your encouragement and reviews on iTunes! I am continually working to produce a better show, and I'm thankful for all of the listeners sticking with me as I learn.

    If you do enjoy the show, don't forget that you can subscribe on iTunes and leave a five star rating and review (by clicking the link). If you are an Android phone user you can also subscribe on the free Stitcher App. It is so very encouraging to know that people are listening and enjoying the show!

    I would love to hear your questions, show ideas, or comments about the show. Feel free to shoot me an e-mail! As always you can follow along with "The Beginning Farmer" and Crooked Gap Farm by checking out these links ...
    Crooked Gap Farm
    Crooked Gap Farm on Facebook
    Crooked Gap Farm on Twitter
     

    • 43 min

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