Reviews of Forrest’s New Book
It’s here! It’s in stock (in paperback, e-book, and Audible)! And it’s getting 5-star reviews! Check out this glowing review from Green Willow Homestead:
The perfect gift for the “farm dreamer” in your life… especially if that farm dreamer is YOU!
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Forrest Pritchard is a full-time sustainable farmer and New York Times bestselling author, holding a BA in English and a BS in Geology from William & Mary. Smith Meadows, his farm, was one of the first “grass finished” operations in the country, and has sold at leading farmers’ markets in the Washington DC area for two decades. Pritchard's books have received starred reviews from The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, NPR, and more.
Hi Forrest, I live in central Ny. I was wondering if you had any advice for me and my dad. I’m 35, he’s about to be 63. We have a decent parcel of land that we’ve never used for commercial farming. Its probably 20 acres of usuable. It’s a hobby farm that’s going to go fallow, since we haven’t used it for farming in a long time. I was wondering if you had some advice on how to make it profitable. He doesn’t use it for any reason other than his kids and grand kids. It’s pretty good ground. I would be happy for any feedback. I’m not sure where to start. If you get this, thank you for your time.
Hi Jared, thanks for the question. Truly, I just spent 2 years writing a book that specifically answers this. There could be hundreds of legitimate, but very different uses for such an acreage. Ultimately, the answers are up to you, and your capabilities and resources–as well as your local economy, and what your community can support and will value. There’s no “one size fits all” solution… that’s how we’ve arrived at the commodity-priced mess we’re in now, with farms failing left and right– especially NY dairies. I honestly believe this new book would be the perfect starting point, and if you can’t afford it, request it from your local library. It’ll be on Audible, too. If you have specific, targeted questions after that, please circle back to me.