Farmer, Inventor, Creator of the Low Tech Farmer
In an era where farmers are either leaving the business or just croaking as the average age of farmers is 65 or older, there needs to be more ways to attract our younger generation in and turn over the reins before we loose the art of farming.
An engineer once told me there are no best ways of doing anything, only better ways as technology changes with time and nothing is the same as it was when the best way was created.
I was not a farmer when I decided to become a farmer; I worked as an experimental model maker at John Hopkins APL. Sheet metal, machining, and welding were my chief skill sets. Carpentry and cabinet building were hobbies.
I spent all my resources on paying off my vehicles and farm. So when I wanted a tractor there was no cash left.I had an acre to plow up for our gardens. I was very concerned that I had again gone way over my head in the physical challenges. I set out to change how farming could be done using wit, ingenuity, and creative skills. Basically every entrepreneurial cell in ones mind and body. Keeping in mind my i had a limited budget and every project needed to pass through rigid financial scrutiny. A proposal and business plan was designed with a return on investment (ROI) statement as well as detailed time lines.
Hopkins had a $66,000,000 million dollar budge; my farm budget had a lot less zeros in fact only two after the decimal point. Better known as my shoestring budget, $66.00 The inspirations for the things i do on my farm are great food as I LOVE to eat, the lifestyle and responsible stewardship. That makes this farm life worth doing! I should mention I started in my 50s and bought a farm out right with cash by living a frugal lifestyle and paying down my mortgage when i was making good money so when I sold my house I had enough working capitol to farm without a mortgage or bills.