Cody Holmes on Marketing


Christian Farm and Homestead Radio
Friday April 11, 2014
8pm Eastern

This week, author and rancher Cody Holmes returns to the show to talk about direct to consumer marketing. The Holmes farm 1000 acres and they retail pork, beef, lamb, chicken, eggs, milk and produce.

We will also report on the latest news regarding the stand off in Nevada between rancher Clive Bundy and the federal gov’t.

Here is the episode link to listen live. You can use the same link to listen to the archived show anytime after it airs.

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I Stand With Cliven Bundy


Right now, in Bunkerville Nevada, Clive Bundy is taking a stand against the forces of the federal government. Bundy has spent the better part of two decades fighting for his right to graze his cattle on land that his family has grazed since 1877. As I type this, the situation has come to a head. The lines have been drawn. Those who stand for liberty and truth are on one side and those who hate all that is good on the other. The situation is a complicated one, especially for those who live east of the Mississippi, who have little understanding western land use and tradition. Cliven Bundy’s daughter has done a very good job of summarizing this 20 year battle with the federal government…

“I have had people ask me to explain my dad’s stance on this BLM fight. Here it is in as simple of terms as I can explain it. There is so much to it, but here it s in a nut shell. My great grandpa bought the rights to the Bunkerville allotment back in 1887 around there. Then he sold them to my grandpa who then turned them over to my dad in 1972. These men bought and paid for their rights to the range and also built waters, fences and roads to assure the survival of their cattle, all with their own money, not with tax dollars. The rights to the land use are called preemptive rights. Some where down the line, to keep the cows from over grazing, came the Bureau of Land Management. They were supposed to assist the ranchers in the management of their ranges while the ranchers paid a yearly allotment which was to be use to pay the BLM wages and to help with repairs and improvements of the ranches. My dad did pay his grazing fees for years to the BLM until they were no longer using his fees to help him and to improve. Instead they began using these monies against the ranchers. They bought all the rest of the ranchers in the area out with they’re own grazing fees. When they offered to buy my dad out for a penance he said no thanks and then fired them because they weren’t doing their job. He quit paying the BLM and tried giving his grazing fees to the county, which they turned down. So my dad just went on running his ranch and making his own improvements with his own equipment and his own money, not taxes. In essence the BLM was managing my dad out of business. Well when buying him out didn’t work, they used the endangered species card. You’ve already heard about the desert tortoise. Well that didn’t work either, so then began the threats and the court orders, which my dad has proven to be unlawful for all these years. Now they’re desperate. It’s come down to buying the brand inspector off and threatening the County Sheriff. Everything their doing at this point is illegal and totally against the Constitution of the United States of America. Then there’s the issue of the cattle that are at this moment being stolen. See even if dad hasn’t paid them, those cattle belong to him, regardless of where they are they are my father’s property. His herd has been part of that range for over a hundred years, long before the BLM even existed. Now the Feds think they can just come in and remove them and sell them without a legal brand inspection or without my dad’s signature on it. They think they can take them over two borders, which is illegal, ask any trucker. Then they plan to take them to the Richfield Auction and sell them. All this with our tax money. They have paid off the contract cowboys and the auction owner as well as the Nevada brand inspector with our tax dollars. See how slick they are? Well, this is it in a nut shell. Thanks”


Right now, in Nevada, the Bundy ranch is surrounded by armed Federal forces that include snipers . Their cattle are being stolen and sold and protesters are being beat and shot with tazers. Supporters of freedom and members of various militias are traveling to the ranch to provide support. As far as the claim that the BLM is doing this because of the Desert Tortoise, it is interesting to note that the BLM mismanaged funds and had to shut down the “Desert Tortoise Conservation Center” and killed the tortoises in their care. It is also very interesting to me that the BLM has just made $1.27 million in oil and gas leases in Nevada. Not surprisingly, significant exploratory drilling has been conducted in precisely the same area where the Bundy family has been running cattle since the 1870′s.

What can you do to help?

Call the Bureau Of Land Management and demand they stop. (202) 208-3801

Contact Sheriff Douglas Gillespi and demand he stand up to the feds and protect the Bundy’s – (702) 828-3231 or (702) – 828 – 3111

Spread the word about this story!

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Fields of Farmers, a review…


Fields of Farmers is Joel Salatin’s latest book and perhaps one of his best. This book is much more than a book about about Polyface Farm’s internship program, though that is a central theme. This book is about a crisis in agriculture. The average American farmer is now 60 years old and in the next several decades 50% of American farmland will change hands. American farmland, some 3.1 million acres in upstate NY alone, is being abandoned and left to revert back to forests. This book is an attempt to show these problems, not as the “end of the world”, but as an opportunity for for “new agriculture” to emerge and take the reins.

I’ve read many of Joel’s books over the years and found them useful as well as witty and fun to read. In this book, Joel opens up more than in any of his previous books, bearing his soul and faults for all to see. Some of things Joel shares are things that would have been much easier and less painful for him just to skip over and keep to himself. He shares the ups and downs of farming in general and the intern program in particular. He shares advice for farmers who are thinking of starting internships, young people who want to be interns and those wanting to get started farming without land or much money. Its the same witty, sharp, liberty loving, Christian eco-farmer that you’ve read before…..only better.

Whether you interested in agricultural internships or just someone concerned about the future of farming, the book is well worth reading. There really is something for anyone, here. I enjoyed every bit of it, from the history and application of intern programs to the anti-gov’t rants and home spun wisdom interspersed throughout. Just the kind of catalyst we need to begin having some broader discussions on these topics, as well as a very practical manual for starting and running farm internships.

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Sweet Sap Silver Maple

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Those who live on low laying, wet, clay farms way be interested in the “Sweet Sap Silver Maple” as a sugar producing tree. I recently found out about this tree while looking through the St. Lawrence Nursery catalog.

This is from the their catalog…

The Sweet Sap Silver Maple is a project that has been in the works since the 1960′s. At that time, H. Cedric Larsson, a regional research forester with the Ontario Dept of Lands and Forests in Maple, Ontario, had found a cultivar of Acer saccharinum with a high sugar content in the sap.It tested somewhere around 3 to 5% sugar content. He gave some root cuttings to his plant breeder friends, one of whom was Fred L Ashworth, the originator of St. Lawrence Nurseries in northern NY state. Fred planted the cuttings and they quickly grew into trees. After Fred died in 1977, Bill MacKently of Potsdam NY took over the nursery. One of the sweet sap maples that Fred had planted was on the nursery property…

The importance of this cultivar is not as a replacement for the sugar maple, but as an addition. Silver maples have more tolerance to wet and/or clay soils. They can be planted on low lands that are not hospitable to sugar maple. They are fast growing, becoming tappable in 8 to 10 years. And this particular cultivar has a higher-than-average sugar content in the sap, which means less hauling and less boiling down.

Using the process of tissue propagation, they are able to make seedlings available for sale. A fast growing tree, higher in sugar than sugar maples and able to grow in wet clay. Might be just what the doctor ordered for some homesteaders and permaculture enthusiasts. Thought I would pass along the information, as I had never heard of this one myself.

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This Week’s Show, John Moody from the FTCLDF

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March 28, 2014
8pm eastern

John Moody, a board member of The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, joins us to talk about the organization and what it does to protect small farmers and consumers. John got involved in FTCLDF after the food buying club that he administrated was raided in an attempt to put them out of business. We will also talk about some recent legal cases involving small farmers, what the future of local food looks like and what you can do to help the cause.

Here is the link to listen to the live show or the recorded version anytime after it airs.

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Homestead Money Making Ideas


So, you’ve got a little bit of land, you grow your own vegetables, milk a goat, raise your own hogs, and enjoy the fruits of your labor. You’ve made great progress on the road to independence. However, you still need cash to buy things you don’t grow yourself, pay taxes. and take care of emergencies. What are some ways to generate cash on the homestead without working a job off the farm? Here are a few ideas for your consideration…

Home Manufacture and Etsy Shops

Etsy shops are a great opportunity for marketing home manufactured products. An “Etsy Shop” is an online store were you can sell your wares to people who are looking for quality products made by family businesses. We market most of our all natural soaps through Etsy as well as cloth bags that Leah makes for knitters. We have also sold yarn and knitting supplies there in the past. It is easy to use and allows people to pay online. The possibilities are endless. What could you make to sell? How about wooden toys, leather work, hand sewn items, knitted items, hand spun yarn, naturally dyed fiber, hand forged knives or tools. If you think about it, I’m sure that there is something you can make and market on Etsy.

Of course, you don’t HAVE to market through an Etsy shop. Our friend Herrick Kimball manufactures clothes pins and parts for his “whizbang projects” and markets them through his own website. I do think that home scale manufacturing has loads of potential for those willing to work hard and use the web to market.

Market Local/Organic Food

Local and organic food is huge right now. There has never been a better time to get into this niche. Location is key, and if you are near upper income suburban and urban consumers it is certainly worth looking into. However, if you live in a very rural, lower income area you are better off growing food for your use and not plan on making huge profits selling your excess produce unless it is something like garlic that can be dried, stored and shipped. Every year at garlic planting time, seed garlic sells out fast. With a yield of ten pounds for every pound planted, seed garlic (as well as gourmet eating garlic) could be a profitable venture. You may be able to sell excess eggs and frozen broilers. Depending where you live, rabbit meat can also be worth considering. Raw milk, cheese and butter demand top dollar from the health conscious local food buyers. Just remember that the most important thing is that you produce your own food first.

Direct Sales

Direct sales, or network marketing, is one of the fastest growing segments of the economy right now. Direct sales companies allow individuals to start their own business with very little start up capital. The best ones offer great training and resources to those who are involved. These businesses can be as big or small as you choose, and can be grown at your own pace. Our family has recently gotten involved in direct sales, with my wife Leah becoming a Lilla Rose independent consultant. Lilla Rose is a very impressive company with a great line of products that practically sell themselves. There is huge income potential for homeschool mothers and young ladies selling attractive and durable hair accessories. I have been very impressed with what my wife has accomplished with this venture. If you would like to find out more about it, you can email her at and she would be glad to tell you all about it. There are many other direct sales companies out there to look into as well. I believe many of these have the potential to earn sizable income for homestead families. There are direct sales opportunities for selling everything from essential oils to herbal remedies. Look around the web and see if there is anything that you might be good at selling.

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How to get rid of skunk odor on a dog


If you have farm dogs, at some point they will tangle with a skunk. We just had one that was hanging around here and sprayed one of our dogs twice in one week. That skunk has now been neutralized with the help of a good ol’ .22 rimfire, but here is the recipe for a great and easy to make solution that we use to remove the stench from dogs. Who wants to waste good tomato juice on dog, anyway!

1 Qt of hydrogen Peroxide
1/4 c of baking soda
1 t. of Vanilla extract
Mix together and apply to dog with rag

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Links and Stuff from Friday Night

Here are some links to stuff we mentioned on the last show.

We had a great time on the radio show Friday night. If you missed it, you can listen right here

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Don’t forget to pick up Herrick Kimball’s The Writings of a Deliberate Agrarian e-book for $0.99. The sale price only lasts until Monday at noon. Buy it HERE. Share the link with others on Facebook, Twitter, blogs and via email. Lets help Herrick move up the rankings at Amazon this weekend! And remember, if you haven’t written a review…. do it!

Herrick Book

Here is the link to our newest sponsor, Stitched By My Hand.

Other stuff me mentioned…

Scripture, Culture, and Agriculture: An Agrarian Reading of the Bible
Jenny throws a stool because of the book of common prayer…
Tithing and Dominion
Dabney : On The Destruction Of The Family Economy
A Poor, Backward Society Dependent on Agriculture For Survival
Wendell Berry
Flee to the Fields: The Founding Papers of the Catholic Land Movement
Book of Psalms for Singing
Christians in the New Industrial Economy.

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This Week’s Show, Industrialism and the Church

country church

With a few notable exceptions, the Christian church has embraced industrialism with open arms. In fact, much of the church has adopted the worldview of industrialism and applied it to the faith. Join Scott M Terry, Richard Grossman and Tony Konvalin for a discussion on the “industrialization of the Christian church”. The show airs live March 21st at 8pm eastern.

Here’s the link to listen live. Use the same link to listen to the archived show anytime after it airs.

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Meat Show Links

Here are links to the links to the two books Eric mentioned and a link to his webpage.

Butcher Book

Butchering Poultry, Rabbit, Lamb, Goat, and Pork: The Comprehensive Photographic Guide to Humane Slaughtering and Butchering
Butchering Beef: The Comprehensive Photographic Guide to Humane Slaughtering and Butchering
Eric’s Website “”

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