Tim Young over at natures harmony caught my eye a few years ago when I saw a video he made of turkey processing, which I thought was pretty well done. At the time he was writing a farm blog and he seemed to be pretty involved with farming.
In fact, very involved. He seemed to have no end of money, branched out into all sorts of animals all at once; laying hens and hogs and turkeys and sheep and cattle... and after a while I started reading what he was writing closely, and over time found that his views on animal husbandry didn't match mine, and in fact, when people tried to talk to him about it, he'd basically boot them -- and I got booted, too. I wrote an entry about this and he didn't like it at all.
He'd talk about his flock of sheep, and how they were all having parasite problems, and then when people pointed out that he could just worm them and they'd be fine, he really didn't take that well. He came up with the idea that feeding his flock of laying hens 50% of what they needed would promote foraging and was surprised when his egg production dropped off, and then more surprised when hundreds of the hens died.
He talked about his terrible losses in his book, accidental farmers -- and if you'd like to see what other farmers thought of his practices, Take a look at these reviews by experienced farmers.
After a while, he apparently got tired of actually doing the farm work, and put an ad out looking for farm help. But he called them "interns" and apparently wanted to pay them around $4/hour, which I wrote about here.
So now, after years of promoting his decision to "turn his back on corporate life" and proclaiming his joy at homesteading... he's selling the farm. Guess a few years of life on the farm isn't really your dream anymore, Tim?
It's an interesting exit strategy. he's spent, by my reckoning, more than a million bucks on this farm, and while he claims to be open, it's not clear why he's selling it. He's listed it at 1.5 million and claims that it generates $10k a month in free cash flow. I'd be curious to see his books.
What's odd about this is that he just did a kickstarter project begging for money to build a cheese cave for this farm. If you're making $10k a month, do you really need to crowdsource money? just save your pennies for a few months.
first listing with pictures here
Second listing here
Update 4-15-2014: More listings!
I'm not sorry to see him get out of farming. Kinda happy about it, actually. If you'd like to get booted off his facebook page, ask him why he's selling his farm. Or better yet, what does he do with the bull calves that his dairy herd generates. This is the guy who wrote a blog entry decrying the hatchery practice of killing male chicks. "a life not wasted"...
So long, Tim.
4 weeks ago