Margo is joined by Natasha McCrary of 1818 Farms. After one of Natasha’s sons became interested in raising his own sheep, she began to dream of her own plans for a small profitable farm where she could teach her children to appreciate the land and animals and to be good conservationists as well as learn the importance of sustainability and eating local “real” food.
Located on three acres in the northwest corner of the historic village of Mooresville, AL (pop. 58), 1818 Farms is named for the year Mooresville was incorporated, one year before Alabama became a state. 1818 Farms is home to many happy animal residents, over 14,000 flowers having been lovingly and carefully tended to and also offers events of all types and popular handmade bath and beauty products.
Margo and Natasha discuss:
The depth of entrepreneurship and why it often means working 7 days/week (especially on a farm)
The inspiration in starting 1818 Farms and how creativity has played a role in the development of the farm
Her background in marketing and how she uses that knowledge now
Managing cash flows
Staying committed to their values amongst growth and challenges
The small-batch, handmade products created on site
How she avoids burnout when there is always something to tend to
Staying true to your own path and awareness around the work and effort of entrepreneurship
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3 People Inspiring Natasha:
1. Her 1818 Farms work team members, who make adjustments each and every day due to the ongoing supply chain and shipping issues to ensure that we continue delivering excellent products to our customers.
2. Her parents, Janice and Ralph Cunningham, who continue to be excellent role models and a source of daily guidance and support in everything I do.
3. Stuart South, who is invaluable to our farm and a true Renaissance man who is currently designing and building a much-needed addition to our Garden House.