Taking Stock of Your Farm in 2017

As the end of the year approaches, it’s customary to reflect on the past year. Taking stock of our successes and failures and making plans for next year is a very important and useful exercise. I encourage you to get your 2017 financial plans completed. If the plan isn’t working as you had hoped, get some help. Get your club together and brainstorm up some new ways to increase revenue or cut costs. Outside help can be very useful at times, as it is difficult to objectively look at our own situations. The peace of mind from having a good financial plan is powerful.

We live in a wonderful country and have many advantages. A very useful exercise is to write down all the things you are thankful for. You may be surprised at the length of the list. It puts us in a good frame of mind when we realize how fortunate we are. As your family gathers for the holiday season meal, have each of them express something that they are grateful for. As it goes around the table it will astonish all; interestingly, it’s not usually the consumerism that we are thankful for.

One of the things I am thankful for is winter. We have wonderful cold days and long nights. It gives us lots of time to learn and reflect. The most important thing we can do for ourselves is to continue our learning journey. We have several months where being inside is more conducive than outside. Pick up that book you have been meaning to get read and learn something new. Einstein said “the world as we have created it, is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” We are all learning and leading by practicing regenerative agriculture from the tools Holistic Management has given us. Learning never stops.

A couple of books that have helped my learning are: “The Hidden Half of the Universe” by David Montgomery and “A letter to a Vegetarian Nation” by Sheldon Frith. The first book deals with the role of bacteria in the soil and in our guts. The second is written by Sheldon Firth who was an intern at Campbell’s in Meadow Lake a few years ago. He also designed our website. It is a great read with great references. Both these are available at Amazon. Sheldon’s is only available as an eBook. A third book is David Irvine’s newest “The Caring Movement”. David has spoken at several of our conferences. It is available from his website.

Another great learning opportunity is our annual conference. It is going to be different this year as we have partnered with Organic Alberta. February 17 is the Organic Alberta conference, the 18th is a joint day and the 19th is the Holistic Management conference. It is being held in Lacombe, Alberta. The conference is a wonderful time to meet old friends, meet new ones, learn, and network. People are always energized by our conference. Stumped what to get for Christmas, how about a weekend in February at Lacombe, Alberta.

Naomi & I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and hope our paths cross soon in the New Year and your learning journeys are fulfilling.





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