My name is Marilyn Batzel Ison, and I am The Farm-to-Table Lady, and I teach people just like you how to turn your gardens, acreage, or small farm into money. I have been around farming and gardening of some type all of my life. Even though I was born and raised in the city, my parents put out a huge garden every year and all of my maternal grandparents farmed, as did many of my mother’s family. I spent summers on the farm and learned how to milk cows, both by hand and machine, care for chickens, and all things done on a farm. Then I married a farmer. We farmed over 1,000 acres of soybeans, corn, milo, and wheat. We raised between 200 – 300 head of beef cattle, and farrowed 20 head of sows three times per year, along with other things. Farming was in my blood and I loved it!
It costs a lot of money to farm that big, and we struggled for thirteen years with low pay for the grain, cattle, and hogs we raised and high bank interest rates before finally throwing in the towel. We sold out, moved to the city where I was raised and worked other jobs until we bought a five-acre place to live on and decided to see if it would pay the mortgage payment per month. That was when we tested the waters with market gardening and even though we had a horrible drought the first year we tried it, we made our investment money back plus a little more by selling at one of our local Farmer’s Markets. It made a firm believer out of me that I could really make it work, and it did when l was downsized from my job in town and dove in. I diversified each venue of the farm and ended up making a very good income. It wasn’t easy, but I learned how to make this work and want to help simplify your desire to make money from your garden, acreage or small farm.
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My Motto: “If you want it badly enough, YOU will get it through PERSERVERANCE ”
MISSION STATEMENT : Help others with what I learned from other growers and farmers, and self-education through research and plain hard work so they may enjoy the fruits of their labors and make money.
PAST and PRESENT MEMBERSHIPS : Past Vice President of the Missouri Organic Association (MOA). Past President of the Southwest Missouri Chapter of the Missouri Organic Association (MOA)