How has your farm evolved, and what changes have you made to scale your business?
On this week’s Thriving Farmer Podcast, we’re joined by Matt Carr, Owner of Linden Lane Farms, a family operated farm located in Krestova, Canada. Linden Lane Farms has been in operation since 1978.
The farm started as five acres of land used to produce food for the Carr family. Eventually, the farm grew onto a new 150-acre property primarily used for raising and processing livestock.
In the early 2000s, new meat regulations and policies severely limited the productivity of the farm and pushed them out of the local niche, leading to many tough years in business.
Around 2010, grandson Matt became seriously interested in horticulture, growing a garden, and propagating ornamental plants at the farm. Matt currently manages the daily operations of the farm, as well as the weekly farmer’s markets.
In this episode, you’ll hear…
- What Linden Lane Farms was like in the beginning 3:00
- What initially got Matt into farming 5:53
- The farm’s sales model 8:34
- Products are they shipping nationwide 13:18
- The story behind the farm’s name 18:47
- Systems and equipment used on the farm 25:01
- Matt’s other business 36:41
- Matt’s favorite farming tool 45:59
About the Guest:
Matt is the owner and production manager of Linden Lane Farms, a diversified organic market garden and nursery that focuses on production, research, and education. Along with managing the farm’s day to day operations in Krestova, Matt is the lead agrologist for Cultivate Horticulture, which provides innovative tools, technology, and equipment, as well as horticultural agronomy consultation, for both hobbyists and commercial producers. He has a passion for farming and innovation, and is on a mission to inspire the next generation of growers faced with the future challenges of food production.
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