Education

Yesterday we were fortunate to attend the Paul and Sandy Arnold talk at Stonehill College, south of Boston put on by NOFA-MA. I have been anxiously awaiting this presentation since we signed up for it two months ago. The entire day was packed full of information and the meals were made with local ingredients brought by attending farmers. 120 of us were there to listen to the Arnolds speak about their 24 years of farming in update New York. This is their livelihood and has been for 20 years. They discussed how they began and have progressed thoughout the years. What a wealth of information. They began by defining what a profitable farm is (their farm). It pays their bills; it pays their health insurance; it funds their IRA accounts each year; it funds their childrens’ IRA accounts each year and there were a couple more that I cannot recall. I was floored. My husband and I want to do what the Arnolds do. We know it can be done but it’s just great to get to hear them talk about it all day long. They have a great system and set up that they have created and fine tuned over the years. They grow year round and sell year round – this is one of our goals. So we will continue to plug away, fine tuning each year, add buildings, all the while trying to increase our income and reducing our expenses. Farming is the wave of the future, and we are climbing on board for the ride.

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