Nick Burton joins Bootstrap Farmer as Creative Director
Bootstrap Farmer Press Release
Ernul, North Carolina
For Immediate Release
On March 1, 2018, Nick Burton joined Bootstrap Farmer as Creative Director.
The Mission of Bootstrap Farmer is to support entrepreneurs in launching low cost businesses that merge the agricultural and culinary industries through multiple ventures.
These ventures include the launch of Bootstrap Farmer Radio, an upcoming podcast, which will support our online community and future live events. Bootstrap Farmer will continue to build its product line and online education in support of our client’s business and marketing strategies.
Brandon Youst started Bootstrap Farmer out of the necessity for equipment that would hold up to the everyday needs of the modern farmer while running his food truck, Veg2Bowl. Now Brandon is capitalizing on the chance to reach all generations of farmers that want to build stronger farm based businesses for a changing economy through a network of ideas & support.
Nick Burton of State of the Soil Media, an online summit platform for agricultural business strategies and marketing, believes this merger will allow both companies to combine talents to better serve the needs of the local farming community and culinary businesses like food trucks, meal prep/delivery services, and hospitality event companies. “We are in a time of undirected growth as the farm to table, tech, and direct to customer sectors combine. By bringing proven high level business development strategies and effective marketing into the hands of new and practicing farmers and food services who may have never been exposed to business trainings before.
The intention of The Bootstrap Farmers Business Network (TSFBN) is to keep these small businesses up to date on current and trending practices deployed by large successful companies.”
Both Brandon and Nick are believers in continuing education and self development to scale businesses. TBSFBN feels the lack of beginning and advanced business education specifically for the owners of small farms, startups, and unique distribution models filling holes within the marketplace in today’s local food movement has been overlooked and needs leadership. While there are learning platforms and resources for growing better, and basic business practices Youst and Burton feel today’s agricultural practitioners are ready and deserve the very best in business development and growth support.
Between Burton and Youst, they have built and maintain two small farms, two food trucks, a salad subscription delivery service, a farmers market stand, farm to table and pop up culinary events, an agricultural supply and manufacturing and distribution company, a yearly online summit for business and marketing for small farmers, an online course for agricultural product and services launch, a social media management company, and a property management company.
The Bootstrap Farmer Business Network will be guided by the following cornerstones:
Community and Network Building
Bootstrap Farmer Radio Podcast will launch the first week of April 2018 followed by regular online learning workshops and yearly live events. Empowering small business owners to scale up and take market leadership rolls locally means quality of life improvements for the owners, their communities, and the environment.
A word about Bootstrap Farmer and Brandon Youst
The last few years of this blog and producing State of the Soil have been an honor and privilege. I have strived to give back to small agri-business together with other farmers, food centric businesses, and a network of inspirational industry friends. It has not always been easy and certainly has been a labor of love. I care about your farm business, the food ecology and economy you provide to your community, and your positive movement toward a fulfilled life serving others through your stewardship.
I have never considered my work here a solo venture as many people have helped me and the friends I have made along the way have filled my life with a level of professional fulfillment that has been priceless. With all of that said, this passion project has been a lonely long road. Often I have felt like I was talking to myself. Often I have felt the struggle between humility and ego while wanting to help people who do not want help. It has been lonely despite a network of mentally strong friends.
I have just spent 21 days straight with Brandon Youst, founder of Bootstrap Farmer. We have driven across almost 3000 miles from Paris, Tx to New Bern, NC and back. We built a hoop house with Titus Boucher and launched State of the Soil, season 2 together. I can tell you on my life that Brandon’s work through Bootstrap Farmer in wanting to empower other farmers is as genuine and genuious as I have ever seen in another human being.
I know, without question, a Bootstrap Farmer and State of the Soil merger will allow our hope of what farmers could achieve as we all work together. To find someone who so closely holds my own vision of how to get to a level of business success and personal fulfillment is pretty amazing. I first found it with Jeff Bednar of Profound Microfarms. I am fortunate to find myself with the opportunity again in Brandon.
Now, Brandon and I will be working together daily to bring the very best in low cost and no cost online and live education. We also know we will build something with those farmers who want more from their life and business. We gladly accept we are not for everyone, but we are willing to stand by anyone who makes daily incremental progress.
I have a renewed sense of excitement and faith in our industry. I feel like I have found a clear path to be of service because of this opportunity to be a part of Bootstrap Farmer. We are looking forward to upcoming projects. Believe me when I tell you big goals have been set.
Plant Seeds Daily,