Richert/Phillips Farms

  (North Liberty, Indiana)
ventures of a small fresh pick farm
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Helping others farm

The other day a boy asked how Daniel and I became vegetable farmers.

 

   In 2001 Daniel came up from Arizona to live and work with his grandparents, he is my cousin. On the first day of his arrival I took him to my farm to see the pigs and at the end of the week he declared himself a partner on the farm. I have been farming for nearly twelve years prier as a hog man. We talked for a few hours and determined that produce farming is the way to go. On my farm there was always two to three acre gardens, but never for resale.

   Blindly we dove in, with no clue what to expect. The South Bend market was the first market we done--it was alright. But the larger cities was were we needed to be so to pebble our goods. No one helped us--we did not know anything about vegetable equipment, how to find markets, what the laws are about selling, etc....we were lost. It took me about six months to find markets in the suburbs of Chicago, Palatine was the first(still there) then others fell in to place. Over time we became experts in our industry and when someone ask how they can be produce farmers, how they can market their goods I tell them everything--sometimes even get them into my market to help 'em out for a season or two.

 

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