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Episode-2272- Darby Simpson on Farm Business Essentials

Darby grew up on his family’s seventh generation farm located in Central Indiana, just 25 miles outside of Indianapolis. However he never learned anything about the family business. He began his own farming enterprise in 2007 after reading “Pastured Poultry Profits” by Joel Salatin as well as several other sources of information pertaining to small scale pasture based meat production.

The operation produced 150 pastured broilers that first year that were quickly sold and generated a base of avid customers who were left clamoring for more. In 2008, the enterprise grew to 1,000 birds while pastured pork was also added, with the hogs all being spoken for thru successful marketing to the existing customer base.

By 2012, the farm was producing up to 3,000 pastured broilers, 125 turkeys, 60 hogs and 12 beef per year while using less than 20 total acres. The farm now financially supports Darby and his wife Brandy, along with their two young boys, Ethan and Zach.

Darby has transitioned himself from a successful mechanical engineer into a full time farmer and enjoys the many benefits that come with being self sufficient in ones livelihood. His success shows it is possible to build a business from scratch with little or no knowledge of what Joel Salatin affectionately calls “lunatic farming”.

Today, Darby spends his “extra” time teaching others how to pursue a rewarding and financially viable career in farming. His new project, along with business partner Diego Footer, is an A-Z online course for profitable farming called “Farm Business Essentials” (www.farmbusinessessentials.com).   The course covers everything from how to raise livestock, to marketing, business planning, contextual goals, infrastructure, equipment and more.

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Episode-1982- John Suscovich on Pastured Poultry

John Suscovich is a farmer by passion and profession. A jack of all trades, John has found a niche that scratches every itch with perennial plants and rotational livestock.

He is an operating member of The Food Cycle, LLC which runs Camps Road Farm, Kent Falls Brewing Company, and Neversink Spirits. John is also the Founder and Creative Director of Farm Marketing Solutions, LLC. FMS seeks to educate and inspire the next generation of farmers.

His passions are feeding people, spending time with family, and taking long walks through the pasture.

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Episode-1121- Darby Simpson on Pastured Poultry and Pork and Grass Fed Beef

A Pigs Life is a Good One at Simpson Family Farm

A Pigs Life is a Good One at Simpson Family Farm

Darby Simpson is the owner of Simpson Family Farm, a 7th generation family farm (1828-present) and a lifelong Indiana resident Darby grew up not realy learning anything about farming, became a mechanical engineer.

He worked in the engineering field from 1994-2010. Began small scale pastured based meat farming (Joel Salatin style) in 2007. Grew the business while continuing to work off farm full time. In 2010 like many Americans he lost his job due to the recession and took the farm full time. The farm now provides his family with a full time income.

Today he joins us to discuss some follow up on his first interview.  We will first go deeply into pastured poultry and discuss some of the new options for broilers that are superior for pasturing to the Cornish crosses.  We will discuss the difference between raising birds for homestead use vs. for market and why you should start small either way.

We will also discus pastured pork, grass fed beef and the views both Darby and I share on the future of farming.  The importance of supporting you local farmers, the opportunity in local and healthy foods and more.

We will also discuss Darby’s new business in consulting with people starting out with small scale farming or homesteading.  His new website is at DarbySimpson.com and remember he provides a discount to MSM Members as well.

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Chicks First Day On Pasture

I Our 17 chicks are currently to young to be out of the brooder over night but we have great warm temps so we are now putting them in a tractor during the day and returning them to the brooder at night.

The tractor is framed form 7.5 foot stud lumber and covered with 1/4 inch hardware cloth.  The birds are two different types of red sex link hens, a male sex link (we think but it was labled a pullet by Tractor Supply but was in with all clearly sex linked pullets) and 8 Egyptian Fayoumi.  There are 4 standard Fayoumis and 4 that were marked as “cinnamon silver”.

We really don’t have a clue what a “cinnamon silver” is, we are not even 100% sure it is a Fayoumi cross or color phase as I can’t find any info on them.  The do appear a lot like the other Fayoumis in growth rate, size and other characteristics, so we shall see in time.

The dimensions of the tractor are 7.5 feet long, 24 inches high and 44 inches wide which leaves 2 inches of over hang on both sides for the oak pallets. This works great for day time use by small chickens that can easily get though 2 inch chicken wire and might strangle themselves with one inch wire.  Later it will be converted to my “Quail Mansion” tractors which I have long term plans for.

Note – I stated a 50 foot roll of hardware cloth in the video, what I meant to say was a 25 foot roll.