Barbell Farms

Farm Shares

For people, not for profit.

TL;DR

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In the coming year…

Starting in early spring 2021 Barbell Farm will have Bees, for honey (probably not able to sell any honey until the fall), Pork, Poultry, Eggs, and Veggies, and we will be offering “Farm Shares” we will have 20 “whole farm” shares available (more on partial shares later). So, you may be wondering what is a Whole Farm Share?

Whole Farm Shares

Imagine being able to get all, or at least a significant portion, of your food from local sources? Well, that is what we are aiming to do with our Whole Farm Shares. We will have 20 shares available each which gives you 1/20th of what we produce on the farm we think it should feed a family of 2-4 and includes:

ProductFarm Total (Annual Goal)Share (Annual Goal)Share (Delivery)Frequency
Whole Chickens1000501wk
Eggs30000 150030wk
Pork (lb)10005025semi-annual
Vegetables (lb)4,0002005wk
Honey (lb)2001010annual
Numbers here are estimated and can fluctuate based on a lot of different factors (many of which are outside of our control)

Our farm shares are more than just a “food subscription”, we want you to not just know where your food comes from, but also to be part of the process. You don’t have to work the fields, but we run the farm democratically and you will get a say in things like what we grow, and how we grow it too, and of course, if you want to come and check out the farm you are always welcome!

Values

Food for people not for profit

All people have a fundamental right to choice when it comes to what they eat, where their food comes from, how it’s grown etc. Every decision we make is based on our goal of connecting people to their food by making it more accessible, affordable, transparent, and democratic rather than more profitable.

Community capital, not capital gains

Too much of our capital flows out of local economies and into the hands of international corporations where it is either hoarded or distributed unequally. Whether by banking at local credit unions, or sourcing our feed and chicks, we pay extra attention to every part of our supply chain to ensure that the capital we invest in our means of production stays in our community.

Local food systems, not profit centers

Industrial and centralized food systems are not only ecologically damaging, fragile, but also inherently exploitative. Through careful attention to sourcing, and use of non-GMO feed we take every step that we see to work toward building and maintaining sustainable local food systems.

Education, not competetive advantage

Every day is a learning process for us. We learn from others, from educators, from our community, but mostly from our mistakes. As we learn, progress, and become more efficient we want to share that knowledge about where food comes from and how it’s produced with our community, not hoard it as a competitive advantage to increase profits.

Working with nature, not fighting it

We take pride and responsibility in our management of the pasture and are committed to ensuring the health of the grass and soil so that it can continue to sequester carbon from the atmosphere and provide a healthy foundation to our sustainable food systems.

One bad day, not a bad life

We pour hours of care, and love into our animals, and when they are old enough they get to live outside, 100% on beautiful pasture grass, protected by mobile shelters and electric netting.

Numbers

Farm shares will represent an equal share in the cost, and risk of the various enterprises on the farm (costs detailed out below). As our motto states, we believe that food is for people, not for profit, and you’ll see that reflected in the cost breakdowns below. Your share cost represents the cost it takes to produce, and as such when we find efficiencies and savings those get passed on to you.

Share Fees

Each share costs $2400/year, $300 at the beginning of each season, and $100, month after that.

Each share will represent 1/20th of the total costs (detailed below). In addition to the costs, we are also distributing the overall risk, this is where the deposit comes from, so while we aim to mitigate risks as much as possible…shit happens.

Costs

Below are the estimated operating costs for a year on the farm. You may notice that there is no profit, or labor in these numbers. That is not a mistake or an omission, we donate our time and labor, and we are not driven by profits.

Whole Chickens

Overhead
ItemlifespanTotalAnnual
Land1$3600$3600
Shelters5$1200$240
Field Equipment5$2500$500
Refrigeration10$500$50
Processing Equipment10$4300$430
Total$12,100$4820
Cost Of Goods Sold
ItemAnnual
Chicks$1440
Bedding$800
Feed$8000
Electricity$1000
fuel$2000
Total$13240

Eggs

Overhead
ItemlifespanTotalAnnual
Land1$3600$3600
Shelters5$800$160
Field Equipment5$1000$200
Refrigeration10$500$200
Total$5900$4060
Cost Of Goods Sold
ItemAnnual
Chicks$200
Bedding$240
Feed$2000
Electricity$200
fuel$1200
Total$3840

Hogs

Overhead
ItemlifespanTotalAnnual
Land1$3600$3600
Shelters5$400$80
Field Equipment5$2000$200
Refrigeration10$700$70
Total$6700$3950
Cost Of Goods Sold
ItemAnnual
Hogs$2000
Feed$4500
Slaughter$2500
Processing$2500
fuel$1200
Total$12700

Veggies

Overhead
ItemlifespanTotalAnnual
Land1$3600$3600
Tools10$400$80
Field Equipment5$2000$200
Refrigeration10$500$70
Total$6700$3950
Cost Of Goods Sold
ItemAnnual
Seed$850
Fertilizer$600
compost$400
Total$1850

Honey

Overhead
ItemlifespanTotalAnnual
Land1$3600$3600
Hives10$1500$150
Field Equipment10$500$50
Total$6200$4000
Cost Of Goods Sold
ItemAnnual
Smoker fuel$60
Anti Varroa$500
fuel$1200
Total$2460

If you are interested in learning more please reach out to Treighton@gmail.com.