Fri, 1 July 2022
OFI 1425: The Hustle Of An Agricultural Entrepreneur | Eliza Walton | Martin's Feed Mill & Sinking Creek Meats
I did an episode a few months back titled "it was all because I wanted cattle". Everything that is currently true about my present and future lifestyle can be traced back to this one desire. Today's guest has the same type of story, and oh, where that has taken her.
In addition to a love for cattle and a desire to have raising livestock be a part of her life, Eliza Walton has hustle....major hustle. She has been building her cattle herd since she was in high school, and she has moved her herd across the state of Pennsylvania multiple times as her father has made moves. Each time she has done this her herd has been bigger than the previous time, and she has had to find a farm to raise them on.
The last time this took place Eliza had just recently finished college. Her father had purchased a feed mill in Coburn, Pennsylvania named "Martin's Feed Mill", and she went to work for him. For the next five years, she learned the business. Then, it was time for her father to move on to the next adventure. However, this time, Eliza would stay when her dad went.
Eliza purchased Martin's Feed Mill and began running it with their twelve employees, carving out a niche of delivering feed for free to customers who ordered 500 lbs or more, when her competitors will not deliver under 3,000 lb orders. In addition to the feed mill, Eliza still had the cattle herd to tend. She struck up a business relationship with her business partner in another business, Sinking Creek Meats, and was able to provide the cattle herd while her partner provided the farm. Then, they started direct marketing individual cuts of meat.
Today, Eliza is actually owner of or partner in three agricultural businesses. However, she is where she wants to be, she is growing her businesses and she is tending to her cattle. She is also continually opening up new doors that only entrepreneurs tend to see, and she is going places!
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Category:farming -- posted at: 12:30am MDT