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Late January and early February have certainly been challenging for so many farmers around the United States. Between weather and the government shutdown, ranchers are working overtime to keep their animals safe and farmers are struggling to finance spring planting.  But there is also good news! According to Politico's Morning Ag report, — "A record 13 women have been elected or appointed to lead state agriculture departments, a reflection of the industry’s growing gender diversity. And that number could rise, with five states’ top ag jobs still open."
We've got another addition to our Farm Enterprise series, featuring women farmers with unique and interesting business models. This episode features Lora Lea Misterly of Quillisacut Farm and School of the Domestic Arts. You will love all the nuggets of wisdom she drops throughout the episode. 

Farm Enterprise: Butchers, Bakers, Goat Cheese Makers


I’m so excited to give away this signed copy of “Chefs on the Farm: Recipes and Inspiration from the Quillisascut Farm School of the Domestic Arts.”

I purchased this copy and had both Lora Lea and Chef Karen sign it for one lucky winner. It's beautifully photographed and filled with incredible seasonal recipes and loads of valuable knowledge from Lora Lea and her 36 years of running a successful small farm.

How To WIN!

Comment on the Facebook post or Instagram post with your favorite nugget of wisdom from this episode of our most recent podcast with Lora Lea - "Farm Enterprise: Butchers, Bakers, Goat Cheese Makers". We will draw a name on Valentines Day  2.14.19

Good Luck!!

Did you know our podcast tee comes in kid sizes too!

Thank you Bright Ide Acres for sharing this super duper cute image with us! 

Want to support our podcast and wear the most comfortable tee ever? 

Here's the link! 


In our last newsletter I laid out the blueprint for the perfect Instagram profile. Did you change your bio as a result? Let me know! Here's part two in my mini-series in the next few newsletters on how to up your instagram game! 
Instagram Engagement & Growth Strategies

Now that you have your instagram bio solid and people know who you are and what you do. Let's look at who to follow and how to engage with them.
First things, first - you need to make sure you know who your peers are in your niche - locally, nationally and globally. Seek them out and follow them! Find press outlets and individual journalists - both writers and photographers to keep on top of the latest news. You should also follow the influencers in your space to see what it is that they do that is successful. 
Now - how do you engage with the people you follow?
  • Like their posts
  • Comment on their posts
  • Share their posts - use an app that places their username into the image and shares their original caption - my favorite is the Repost App
  • Highlight them as a favorite follow -  you can make it a weekly event and call it 'Farmer Crush Friday' where you share a favorite picture of theirs and why you enjoy following them. 
  • Collaborate 
    • tag each other
    • contests and giveaways
    • create a shared hashtag
Food For Thought
In honor of Black History Month, here is what we're
reading, watching and listening to:
Farming While Black - Leah Penniman 

In the Shadow of Slavery: Africa’s Botanical Legacy in the Atlantic World - by Judith Carney and Richard Nicholas Rosomoff

Dispossession: Discrimination against African American Farmers in the Age of Civil Rights - Pete Daniel

Freedom Farmers: Agricultural Resistance and the Black Freedom Movement (Justice, Power, and Politics) - Dr Monica White and friend of the FFP, LaDonna Redmond

Farmer John Boyd Jr. Wants African-Americans To Reconnect With Farming - NPR

What Happened to All the Black Farmers? - NBC
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