We dig into the nuts and bolts behind the dramatic expansion at Strike Farms, including how Dylan financed the expansion and associated land purchase. Dylan gets real as he discusses the challenges of putting together the financial package, managing staff and systems through the expansion, and the impact of what Dylan says was the “worst weather year imaginable.” We also dig into the changes in equipment and production approaches, and the administrative systems that allowed Strike Farms to grow, as well as crop rotations, distribution strategies, and breaking into new grocery accounts.
BCS America: BCS two-wheel tractors are versatile, maneuverable in tight spaces, light-weight for less compaction, and easy to maintain and repair on farm. Gear-driven and built to last for decades of dependable service on your farm or market garden.
Farmers Web: Making it simple for farms, farm cooperatives, and local food artisans to streamline working with wholesale buyers. Lessening the administrative work that comes with each order helps producers create a more successful relationship with their buyers and can help them work with more buyers overall.
Quotes from the Show
A really big part of the goal of this was also to just really standardize things, and kind of make it so that it's easier to plug people in.
All these bad things happen, I'm kind of glad it happened, because now I know what can happen.
But at the end of the day, money is just money, and I think once you get on a bigger scale, you can kind of look at what your mission is, and what you're trying to accomplish, and then make the money work around that, instead of just trying to figure out a way to make enough money.
What they like to do is work and get stuff done, and when you're a manager, you don't get to do that. Your job, you never get to just finish a task. Your job is to just make sure that everyone else can be working at full capacity all the time.
Dylan’s Forigo stone burier made it possible to delegate bedmaking to other tractor operators.
Strike Farm uses Farmers Web software to manage wholesale sales, and Member Assembler to manage CSA memberships.
Strike Farm uses Sustane for biological fertility without weed seeds.
Dylan mentioned that he had just visited Johnson’s Backyard Gardens in Texas – farmer Brenton Johnson was a guest on the show for Episode 062.