Coming up with the suitable farm name was quite a task. Over close to a year we reviewed hundreds of possible names.
We started with location names:
- TOWN NAME: Big Sandy Mush Farm
- STREET NAME: School Road Farm
There are many farms in the Big Sandy Mush area. All of which are working hard to develop a farming community. Taking on the name Big Sandy Mush Farm seemed a bit presumptuous. While School Road Farm did have a certain amount of instant appeal – mostly due to the educational component of our farming objective. Though, after teaching for 15 years, I wanted to ensure that our schooling efforts are not perceived as those ideas normally associated with formal educational institutions.
Then came rounds and rounds of thinking of different names. It was helpful to post some off the considerations to Facebook – and have our friends and family feedback.
Someone suggested using our initials – The F&G Farm (F for Frank and G for Gary). Granted Fag Farm may have some humor – it may be distracting at the farmers market.
Finding the fitting name
As the purpose of discovering our fitting name – we had filtered 100’s of names that were not a fit. We also agreed not to rush it. During this name chasing – we talked. We established the purpose and values of the farm. The objective of the land. And our role within our community.
Discovering your farm name is defining your identity. Those long discussion of why one name or another doesn’t work can help define your true values. These times of defining are essential in creating clear goals. Do not rush the process. Enjoy and benefit of discovery.
Establish your foundation
In the meantime, we discovered more about what we wanted to gain from the farm. Growing healthy food for our community is an important element of our farm. While providing the land with the stewardship that it needs is equally an important task.
Understanding our foundation
Recently, people have confused the term homesteading with self sufficient. While both practices have many similar values there is one slight difference. The self sufficient objective is self serving – you do a task to empower yourself or family. While homesteading will certainly draw strength from the self sufficient principles – the objective of homesteading is to connect with your community.
We came to understand that our farm meant more than creating a environment of being self sufficient. Improving our homesteading practices became more important than becoming self sufficient.
For anyone who has taken on some of the homesteading practices – soap making, cheese making, brewing soda, or making marmalade. You discover that making large batches certainly saves time. As you benefit from saving time setting up and breaking down for the project. The down side of large batches is that you end up with 40 jars of Marmalade for a family that may eat one jar of marmalade a month.
What who hope to create
As a community we are coming to terms that there is a major food problem. The fast food and processed foods of yesterday are not good for us. And many of the vegetables at our local stores are questionable. Yes, local stores are doing a better job in carrying organic selections – which is great. However, the organic selections are often out balanced by the carbon footprint they make.
Our practices all begin on how to first improve the land. When the land is not stressed of resources it may provide for all. It is our intend to share our knowledge, and our mistakes in the objective to improve our community and to encourage a community sufficient. With the practices we use to grow our vegetables, develop our orchards, and trend to our animals. We seek to connected with the essence of a homesteading community – to make enough to share and exchange with your community.
Discovering the Right Farm Name
That moment you finally come to right farm name is an instant moment – it almost feelings like nothing has changed other than you have a name. Everything about the name is natural and in conjunction with all your principles, values, and objectives. For each person, this word or phase will certainly be different. But for you – well there isn’t any other word that will best describe and encapsulate the farm. For us “Soapbox Farm” did it. I instantly felt connected to the term – as if the farm had always been called Soapbox farm. Often with my teaching I create new solutions for industries, companies, or students. My role is to improve their performance – often with new operational concepts. My experience tells me – if I wish for anyone to adopt a new practice – they better understand why the new method is better. For this to happen I have to first establish a common ground with my student and build from there. Often, in searching for this common ground I feel like I am on a soapbox. One by one, I use my experience to connect with each student – draw them in, get the student interested and invested. And from there I can create a connection and provide the student with the information they are seeking.