We had the good fortune of connecting with Jarvisson King and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jarvisson, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Where I live, they call it a “Food Desert”, the nearest grocery store is an hour away in all directions. Fresh produce does not last long when we buy them. Why is that? Produce is harvested, packed, shipped, delivered to grocery stores, and stocked before we buy them. That is a long process. Because of this, I started a garden to have fresh produce which my mom and I can enjoy. Fresh, homegrown produce is so much healthier for our bodies. We know exactly how they are grown and how they were cared for.
What should our readers know about your business?
I’m a multi-faceted farm in which we strive to grow healthy produce, grass-fed meat (lamb, goat, beef, and chicken). Every year is a new set of challenges, mainly it is drought. When Mother Nature is blessing us with precipitation we reap the abundance. Times like now it is difficult but we keep going. We work with Nature and adapt to the changing environment. The best lesson I have learned and come to favor is to enjoy the process and embrace the failures. The process shows us what we are made of and how we likely we are to adapt to a challenge and keep going. The failures show us where in the process we went wrong and we learn from those failures. Every day I ask myself, “what will I fail at today?” because I love to learn something new every day.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I am actually not in the city, LOL. I am in a rural area and have plenty of fun things to do around here. We can hike many of the trails around here. We also have an archery range and a shooting range. Horseback riding is always fun. We have plenty of wildlife around here to check out. I like to think of this place as a sanctuary for wildlife. We have seen growth within our wildlife population. I am hoping in the near future we have a large pond where we can go fishing.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My mom was my biggest supporter from day one. She saw my vision as going back in time a bit when our ancestors really lived off the land in tune with Nature. The book that started me on this track is J.M. Fortier’s The Market Gardener. This book helped me to realize that I can feed my family and still make money. My biggest shoutout will have to be my local supporters in the local area. They have really given me the fuel to continue what I am doing.
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