I took care of some pesky but necessary details this week, but it always feel good to get those kinds of things checked off the list. I got Sassafras Farm registered with the state so I can get my new tax-free number. (This allows you to buy feed and other supplies/materials for your farm tax-free. I’ve been using the old Stringtown Rising number, and I needed to get a new one for the new farm.) I followed up with registration at the local USDA office, which is the gateway to other agencies and programs. I stopped in today to pick up my soil-testing kit and get started. There are cost-sharing programs for lime and even fencing, and low-cost rentals for equipment such as lime spreaders. I want to improve my neglected fields and rebuild fencing. There are various other programs, too, so I’m just getting started. I ended my little paperwork tour with a visit to the local county extension agency to sit down with the agent and talk about my farm, my plans for the studio, my workshops, and other options and opportunities that are available.
I’m starting this farm with so much more grasp of the business of farming under my belt. I want to do things right here. I love this farm.