September 2017

Where have I been?

Working.  When I started this year, my goal was to figure out how to have it be more sustainable.  Not in the ecological context, but in the my-life-is-too-crazy context.  Why am I beating myself over the head about all of this?

Mama and one of our 2017 calves

Back in May I made the decision to really simplify things.  Not an easy call for sure, but it was something that had to be done.  We are getting out of the cattle business.

So now we are down to laying hens only, plus a few freezers full of meat to sell.

Once the meat sells we will simplify to ‘projects’ only.  A few pigs sometimes.  A group of meat chickens on occasion.  Maybe some sheep again?  I will graze other peoples cattle on our pasture twice a year for 1-2 months each.

Not an easy decision to make.  But over time I have learned that the farm breaks even financially, my income comes from my brewery work, and the farm prevents us from living the kind of life we want.  For instance being able to do overnight camping trips.  So rather than fight it, I will focus on my brewery work and enjoy a less hectic lifestyle.

What do I do for breweries?  I work from home as a consultant and equipment provider.  My specific niche is the wastewater side of brewing.  Depending on where they’re located, wastewater can range from a non-issue to a deal breaker.  Or somewhere in between.  Or they might not even be in a town and they need to dispose of all wastewater on site?  That just barely scratches the surface, but it can be a big deal.  And being what it is, they don’t want to deal with it.  And I have a lot of experience in this field.  I like helping people.  I don’t like being my own accountant:)

At this point I still own our cattle but will be selling them this fall to a local pasture based rancher.  Ahhhh, relief.

I will remain heavily involved in the Montrose Farmers’ Market.  I am currently board president and will probably remain in that position for awhile.  2017 will be my last year as a vendor however.

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