Inaugural Post

Welcome to the inaugural blog post of FarmerDan. My goal is to post timeless information that provides value. What I write about will be dictated by the environment, requests from readers, my own wild monkey brain, etcetera.

I am a 34-year-old, fourth generation farmer. I would consider 2020 to be my first real farming season. I have been “farming” on paper since 2006, but this is the first year I have had my head firmly in the game. There have been many tumultuous events that have shaped me and brought me to where I am today. I intend to revisit, reflect, and put fully formed thoughts into words as time progresses.

These are the things I am currently thinking about (in order of priority):

Creating a sustainable farming operation

  • Shrinking Agronomic Knowledge Gap

  • Increasing Operational Transparency

  • Greater Focus on System Building

Self sufficiency

  • Local Human Relationships

  • Hydroponics

  • Outdoor Gardening

  • Process Automation

  • Water

  • Electricity

Considering and experimenting with alternative income stream ideas

  • Writing

  • Building digital products to simplify and spread specific knowledge I have built over past 15 years

I welcome and encourage questions, comments, ideas, thoughtful experiments to run and polite disagreement.

Until next time,

Daniel John, aka FarmerDan