Microbusiness comes full circle
we moved to our farm seven years ago, both Mark and I knew the
homestead would be a full-time job and working a "real" job too would
slow things down dramatically. Neither of us come from wealthy
families, though, so we needed a source of income.
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About that time, we went to learn how to slaughter chickens at a friend's farm. They had a Whiz-Bang Chicken Plucker and Mark was very taken by its ingenuity. When we looked the product up on the internet and realized that the inventor, Herrick Kimball, was running a small home business based on that (and other products), Mark wondered if we could do the same.
To cut a long story short, Mark ended up inventing a POOP-free chicken waterer
that has reached thousands of chicken-keepers in the U.S. and around
the world. We had to tighten our belts for the first year because
the microbusiness barely brought us above the poverty line, but then
word of mouth helped Mark's invention take off. Soon we had enough
spare cash that Mark was able to hire another local homesteader to help
me in the garden part time, giving him time to work on inventing an even better chicken waterer.
Imagine how thrilled Mark was yesterday, when his role model wrote about the EZ Miser on his blog.
We'd sent Herrick a review copy just on the off chance he was willing
to give our waterer a try, but his kind writeup went far beyond our
expectations. In fact, Herrick told me he plans to write a review
of Trailersteading shortly as well, which prompted me to remember that I wanted to read and review his recent Planet Whizbang Idea Book for Gardeners.
Stay tuned for more tips from an inventor very much like Mark in a later post. In the meantime, be sure to add The Deliberate Agrarian
to your reading list --- this is one of my top-ten favorite
homesteading blogs and should be required reading for both the aspiring
and established homesteader. Enjoy!