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Success, Failure & Learning Experiences

April 17, 2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI don’t think I’ve met anyone that has said “I got into farming to make money”. The reasons are many but money, holidays off and expensive bonus plans aren’t among them!

On a too-frequent basis I get phone calls from financing folks wanting to finance us. I’ve stopped wasting my time with the hope of talking – we’re too small and too different. After one insisted *he* could help he then backed off when I said no we didn’t have $8,000 per month in sales. Shocking isn’t it?! I guess if we had that I wouldn’t be working on the crowdsourcing project!

That winds up tonight, and without a major turnaround we won’t get near the $3,500 goal but I don’t think it’s failure. A smart guy once said failure isn’t failure if a lesson is learned, and the lessons are many. Seeing projects for snails, kosher sushi, school trips and other projects earn more is interesting. Seeing people clamor for slow food, organic, small farm, sustainable and many other labels that number thousands of people seeing the links but not responding indicates we really are a small peon in a big ol’ world.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Maybe we need more spit and polish. Maybe it’s too transparent. Maybe people just aren’t ready for what we’re doing! It’s not the first time I’ve been pushing something to see it succeed for others 8-10 years later!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADiscouraged? A little, perhaps. But at the same time determined. Quitting isn’t an option. We’ve dealt with broken promises, lies and people who aren’t what they seem to be. We’re dealing with that right now! It increases the determination to do better.

I see it as a challenge. There IS room for those who keep their word. There IS room for those who don’t have to lie and scam their way along.

At the same time the outside support is now gone…the outside income that has been limited but covered bills is eliminated as of today, and in a way that underscores merely saying one is a Christian doesn’t make it so. Things have a way of coming around – each to their own – both good and bad.

We’re striving for good. Thank you to all who shared, tweeted and – huge thanks! – contributed to this. There were some interruptions in time, some things that didn’t go just right but every dollar will be used well.

The last few hours isn’t the end – it’ll continue on the website, because lessons are learned and because it matters. Thank you.

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  1. April 19, 2014 7:03 PM

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