Wake up a little early this morning and write your farm blog.
This is the second installment of "5 farm blog ideas" -- click here to see part 1.
- "A day at the market": Describe in detail -- from waking up before dawn to unpacking the truck after dark -- a day in the life of the farmer's market. The whole cycle is not something most customers appreciate because they see you for a few minutes in the mid-afternoon and do not think about the long hours that it takes. On the days you really need some sympathy, this is a good blog entry to print out and stick in every customer's bag as they leave your stand.
- Cold weather farming: What do you do at the farm to get crops to customers in the cold season? Frost protections, specialized crops, and over-wintering are all interesting topics for non-farmers.
- Cleaning up the farm: What does it take to get the farm ready for winter? The tiny farm blog did a great job of this by describing how he uses the bucket of a front-end loader to clean rows. He finds it "too easy," akin to cheating, but it is a great example of how creativity with farm implements is often utilized. This inventiveness goes on at every farm, but it is not something that the average eater knows about.
- Focus on the crop: Whether you produce vegetables, meats, or other products you have probably gained knowledge on the crops you grow over the years. The Ladybug Letter did this recently with pumpkins. Most of us do not have Andy's virtuosity, he discusses nursery rhymes, special varieties ("Cucurbita maxima"), Cinderella, and Nixon, but just write down your knowledge of a particular crop and you have a blog article that customers will love.
- Conferences: As the work slows down on the farm, the farming conference season kicks into high gear. One way to remember what you learned at the conference is to write about it in terms that your customers can understand. Explaining the ideas in simple terms will help you challenge some of your assumptions and your customers will become more connected to the farm. That sounds like a win-win.
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving.. Among the many things I am thankful for in my life, I am thankful for the friends that I have made across the country while providing the Small Farm Central service. I am also thankful for the education and experiences that led to this project; it provides me with a lot of pleasure.
Have a great Thanksgiving -- back to the mailing list series after the holiday.