A long time ago (in a galaxy far, far away) my girls would watch a show called Reading Rainbow. anybody remember that? Anyway, they featured one book that always stuck with me. It was called "Oxcart Man" Basically, it was about a farmer. During the year he grew his crops, Any male calf his cow had became a teamster ox and the farmer also built an oxcart. In the fall when the crops were harvested, the farmer loaded up his harvest into the oxcart he built. Hooked up the team of oxen and went into town. He sold the team of oxen. he sold the harvest. He sold the oxcart. Then he took his years earnings and walked home.
For me that is what farming is about. It isn't just the product produced from the plants, or the animals. It's the value added product not just from the land but from the farmer. so that's something I try to think about. I drew up plans for a small barrel evaporator for my black walnut syrup and if it looks like it's going to work, I'll build more for sale. Trying to have a "whole enchilada" mindset.
My goal is to do about five things and to make about three or four thousand from each project, for starters. Like I said then there is the Ellen Degeneres plan. And not to forget, there is the winning the lotto plan. always good to have a plan.