Sep 8
2017

Resourceful Friends

 

 

Do you ever feel lost?  Not knowing where to turn when you need some answers?

Yes, Jesus would be a correct answer.  However, I’m talking about in the garden, out in the field, your flower bed, or even the chicken coop.  Having resourceful friends to help you along the way will make life so much easier for the homesteader.  In fact, it has been so helpful to us, that it has inspired a song.

Get ready.

My version of Mr. Garth’s greatest hit.

 

 

 

 

 

ahemmm……..

I blame it all on dry roots.  I showed up in red boots.  And ruined my perfectly quaffed hair.

The last one to know, to turn or where to go.  I was the most unlikely homesteader to share.

And I saw the surprise.  The fear in my own eyes. When I lost my first garden to lack of rain.

I roasted a few.  Said I might be through.  But that’s the last I’ve complained (lie).

‘Cause I’ve got friends that help grow my places.

Where the information drowns, and the cheers chase my blues away.

And I think, I’ll be okay.

I’m not big on social places.  Think I’ll slip on down to my garden oasis.

Oh, I’ve got friends that help grow my spaces!!!

 

OK.  I got that out of my system.  I hope that got any questions out of your system as well.

  1. Yes, I am a dork
  2. I have some amazing friends I would like to introduce to you!!

They are my Resourceful Friends!!

 

Resourceful Friends: You know, the kind that may not even be aware they ARE your friend.  However, you think they were sent from Heaven.  You hang on their every word.  They ooze information with grace and dignity.

You know the type!

 

 

Here are a few of my Resourceful Friends.  They hold a special place in my tin heart.  I don’t mind sharing my friends, so please friend away!!

 

 

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture   http://www.oda.state.ok.us/

That’s right.  The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture (ODA) is an awesome resourceful friend, just ready to give-give-give all you’re willing to take.  I am fairly certain all fifty states have a similar program as well.  ODA has links to agritourism information, which we definitely appreciate since we grow Christmas trees.  http://oklahomaagritourism.com

They clearly display agricultural laws.  Examples: Can I sell my chicken eggs?  Restrictions on having a bee hive in your backyard, chickens in city limits, etc..

ODA gives you information on grants = free money!!  They have an awesome grant called the Agricultural Enhancement and Diversification Program, that is just waiting for anyone in this dusty place to call their own!! We are currently working on that diversification aspect.  Long term goals.  As in, ODA and I will be together for the long haul.

This resourceful friend even has the link to the forestry department which is where you can purchase tree seedlings for VERY cheap that are native to your area.  We order from them on a yearly basis, and the quality and services are excellent.  http://www.forestry.ok.gov/

ODA…….I love you.  Yea, they didn’t hear me. Moving on.

 

Autry Technology Center…..also known as, the VO-TECH.  https://autrytech.edu/small-business-entrepreneurship/

Coolest resourceful friends ever!  Our local vocational school/vo-tech, Autry Tech, has some amazing information my friends!  (Didn’t you know that you’re my friend too??  lol) For starters, we are starting a Christmas tree farm.  Which means we will be dealing with customers, money, and taxes.  Insert longest SIGH imaginable……for the taxes of course!!!  Well, my friends down at Autry Tech offer regular free tax workshops for small businesses!  It might scare the flying monkeys out of you, but I would personally rather be aware of what I’m jumping into.

Autry Tech also has a small business and entrepreneurship division, which has some amazing people that you can meet with for FREE.  They are so helpful in helping navigate the murky waters of owning a business.

“Should you be an LLC?”  “How do I write a business plan?”  “Any grants available?”

 They even have a contest they hold every year where you can enter your small start up business for a $10,000 grand prize, AND access to their amazing business facilities.  Tis true!

They are some great resourceful friends and cheerleaders to help you along the way.

Autry small business and entrepreneurship division…..I love you.

 

Business Boutique book by Christy Wright.  https://www.businessboutique.com

This GEM is my resourceful friend that comes with me everywhere.  Transferred from the diaper bag, to the purse, and to the couch on a daily basis.  I have read it once, and have started over again.  I loved it that much.  The first time was just to absorb content.  Round two is to put methods into action.

Christy Wright has been able to pull off writing a book that truly helps you put your dreams of owning a business into a believable and attainable reality.  Laying out a tiered method that once implemented should get you on your way.  It answers questions, has some awesome advice, and did I mention it’s funny?  It is an easy read that I personally did not want to put down.  If you have ever thought about opening a business, in whatever aspect imaginable, please get this book.  (I am not paid to say that either.)

The Wizard actually bought me this book since it is geared towards woman owned businesses, and I couldn’t be more thankful for it.

I love you Wizard, and I love the Business Boutique!

 

Garfield County Cooperative Extension Office.  http://oces.okstate.edu/garfield

Upon first meeting, you might hear the lights in their office buzzing louder than your screaming child.  However, once you get past first impressions, you will find this place to be a treasure trove.  It is the Wizard’s favorite resourceful friend by far.  Information just doesn’t stop coming from these people.  Our local cooperative extension office is affiliated with Oklahoma State, which is a mecca for all things ag.  So of course, their access to ag related information is almost unheard of.  Oklahoma State is where the Wizard went to college after all, so maybe that explains how we got to be so wizardy.  hmmmm…….deep thoughts.

How can they help you?

Have questions on your garden?  The master gardeners are just a phone call away.

Need a soil and/or water test before you plant your garden?  They will walk you through it, and provide the results.

Diseased trees?  What the heck is that bug?  How do I compost?

It is through this, that the Wizard and I found a lot of resources and information about the Christmas tree industry before we jumped in.  I appreciate this group a lot.  I am certain there are other branches of extension offices throughout our fair land.  So be sure to look up your nearest one!  Super helpful.

OSU Extension office…….the Wizard loves you!

 

And last on my list for today ( I could go on and on and on ……inherited that gene from my mother….love you mom)

Craigslist.  http://www.searchcraigslist.org/

The type of resourceful friend that has connections.  As you may know, it was through the above link that I found half of the items for the construction of our “new” old farmhouse.  It is through Craigslist that I have found chickens, cats, my dog (German Shepherd= smarter than me), and other various homestead needs…..wants….whatever.

Craigslist……I like you a lot.  You can be sleezy.  You’ve burned me a few times, but you’re alright…. I guess.

 

I hope you find some of the above links helpful, and hopefully they will at least steer you in the right direction.  Resourceful friends when starting a homestead are almost as important as a sense of humor.  Inevitably you will mess up, just as we have, and will need someone to drag you through the trenches.  These are your people.  And don’t forget, we’re friends too ya know.

 

 

 

Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.  Proverbs 13:20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

  1. I was singing right along with you. Now that song will be stuck in my head today, haha!
    Great post.

  2. You have such a way with words “Dorothy”. Looking forward to each post. I give this one a “thumbs up”.