Member Meetup with Caroline Barrington

 

For Caroline Barrington it was a natural progression from health coach to SPIN farmer. Now after 7 years, she’s almost found her sweet spot. She started out as a 6,300 sq. ft. multi-locational operation. Over the years she’s pursued numerous expansion opportunities. She’s dealt with too-long commutes, lack of water and fighting bindweed – she won! She’s tried some very creative sales channels – women’s fashion trade shows, a wandering market school bus.  She specialized in a food-forward crop repertoire in a town 10 years behind the times – and became the go-to local foods person.She convinced her customers she grows with love – and they bought it.

In this session you’ll see why. It’s true. Caroline radiates energy, knows how to accentuate the positive and believes the same thing we all do: Food changes everything. Learn from a farmer who is a walking advertisement for what she sells at our next Member Meetup.

Want to be included in meetups like this? Join our membership group. A free trial is offered with the purchase of any SPIN guide. Here’s all the replays of past online meetups and learning sessions you can binge on:

Tutorials: SPIN Core Concepts
✔ SPIN Crop Planning Step-by-Step (11/15/18)
✔ SPIN Production Planning Step-by-Step (3/29/18)
✔ SPIN Workflow Pressure Point: Planting (11/2/17)
✔ SPIN Workflow (9/26/17)
✔ SPIN Farm Design Easy as 1-2-3 (4/20/17)
✔ Workin’ Your Relays (1/19/17)
✔ Take Control with SPIN 2.0 (3/10/16)
✔ SPIN Classics: 5 Crops to Make a Living From (5/11/17)
✔ Pickin’ a Farm Operating Model (3/16/17)

Running an Owner-Operated Farm
✔ Micro Farming, MACRO ISSUES: Earth Day 50th Anniversary Farmer Roundatable (4/16/20)
✔ Farmin’ Through the Ages with Wally Satzewich (8/29/19)
✔ Talkin’ Farmers Market Logistics (6/28/18)
✔ Managing What Goes Right and Wrong with Plantings (11/2/17)
✔ Let’s Play Farming with Wally Satzewich (6/9/16)
✔ Talkin’ Operations (1/14/16)

Business Planning
✔ Talkin Startup with Danyell Durstling, Cherie Jzar and Kyle Mecham (2/20/20)
✔ Taking Stock, Looking Ahead to 2020 – part 2 with Damaris Katt and Blythe Woods (1/16/20).
✔ Taking Stock, Looking Ahead to 2020 – part 1 with Rob Miller and Cale Sprister (12/13/19)
✔ Talkin’ Startup with 3 New Members and Wally Satzewich (3/14/19)
✔ Seed Buying the SPIN Way (2/26/19)
✔ Taking Stock, Looking Ahead to 2019 with 3 Members and Wally Satzewich (12/13/18)
✔ $2k/Week Production Plan for Fall with Wally-o (8/16/18)
✔ SPIN Real Time Planning Session: 3 Numbers, 2 Lists (2/22/18)
✔ Taking Stock, Looking Ahead to 2018 with 5 Members and Wally Satzewich (12/8/17)
✔ Real-Time Planning Session: 3 Numbers, 2 Lists (2/16/17)
✔ Talkin’ Startup with John Greenwood and Adithya Ramachandran (5/23/17)
✔ Taking Stock, Looking Ahead to 2017 with Wally Satzewich (12/1/16)
✔ Taking Stock, Looking Ahead to 2017 with Wally-o (12/1/16)
✔ Early Season Progress Report: Building Your Brand, Making Sales (7/21/16)
✔ Real-Time Planning Session: 3 Numbers, 2 Lists (5/12/16)
✔ Real-Time Planning Session: 3 Numbers, 2 Lists (4/7/16)
✔ Taking Stock, Looking Ahead to 2016 with Wally-o (12/17/15)
✔ Micro Green$ Indoor/Outdoor Production – Getting to $1k/week (11/5/15)
✔ The $1k a Week Production Plan for Spring with Wally-o (5/13/15)

Professional Development
✔ Food Safety Compliance for SPIN Farmers with Lee McBride (6/6/19)
✔ SPIN and SPUD: How small growers can sell to a larger market (5/2/19)
✔ Workin’ Your Niche (2/8/18)
✔ Organic Certification: What’s It Good For? (7/6/17)
✔ How Farmzie Can Help Run Your Business and Take Local Food to the Next Level (8/18/16)
✔ Keep Selling Year Round with Storage Crops (9/17/15)
✔ Irrigation: How To Create A Cheap, Efficient, and Time Saving Watering System (7/30/15)
✔ Talkin’ Carrots with Wally Satzewich (6/25/15)
✔ Soil Testing, Lab selection, & Soil improvement with Brenda Sullivan and David Forster (6/10/15)

Cropping Strategies
✔ Talkin’ Garlic with Wally Satzewich and Gail Vandersteen (4/12/19)
✔ Talkin’ Onions with Wally Satzewich (5/3/18)
✔ Talkin’ Carrots with Wally Satzewich (6/25/15)

Farm Tour Member Meetups
✔ From Square Foot Gardener to Full-time SPIN Farmer with Dylan House (5/20/20)
✔ From SPIN Farmer to Hot Sauce Maker with Tim Toews and Cathy LeValley (3/19/20)
✔ Talkin’ CSA with Jared Regier (1/23/20)
✔ Turning a Cause into a $55k Business with Kye Kocher (10/24/19)
✔ SPIN-Farming Inside a Shipping Container with Tamara Knott (9/26/19)
✔ Heirlooms R’ Us with Dianna and Adam Dienl (7/25/19)
✔ How to Last 6 Years in Business with John Greenwood (6/27/19)
✔ Brian Kowalski: Targeting $120k by downsizing the farm (3/28/190
✔ Ryan Mason: From Urban Farmer to $350k (2/19/19)
✔ Stefan Butler: 2.3 Acres, $200k on a Multi-locational SPIN Farm (1/15/19)
✔ Bruce Manns: Increasing Profits at a Non-profit Farm (10/18/18)
✔ Elisa Bedsworth: Get the Most Out of Your Farmers Market (9/13/18)
✔ Cathy LeValley: Building a Healthy Snacks Business (7/12/18)
✔ Courtney Tchida: Lessons from a Campus Farm (6/14/18)
✔ Tom Hinman Builds a Six Figure Mobile Food Business (5/17/18)
✔ Nick van Riper and Ryan Doan Transform a Community Garden into a 6 Figure Business (4/12/18)
✔ Lisa Patton Creates a Farm Business in 10 months ( (3/15/18)
✔ Stay-at-Home Dad Chris Kimber Builds a $60k Business (1/18/18)
✔ Rex Landings: High-powered Farmer Targets $100k (11/30/17)
✔ Tara Callaghan, Farming with Style and Lots of Self-doubt (10/13/17)
✔ Lourdes Casañares: Flower Farm Startup (8/31/17)
✔ Ray Derksen: Farming Through Your Golden Years (6/26/17)
✔ Rod Olson Has the Best of Both Worlds (6/8/17)
✔ Cale Sprister Shows How to Start a Farm in Your Spare Time (4/13/17)
✔ Mark Voss Has Perfected His Backyard Nursery Business (3/30/17)
✔ Urban Farmer Beth Hagenbuch Serves Both Suburbia and a Food Desert (2/23/17)
✔ Change Agent Max Valyear Is Growing His Way to $30k (1/26/17)
✔ Rob Miller: Growing and Foraging His Way to $30k 12/16/16)
✔ Adithya Ramachandran Growing His Way to $50K, part 1 (11/19/15)
✔ Adithya Ramachandran: Growing His Way to $50k, part 2 (10/20/16)
✔ Justin Vandenbroeck : An Eco-Warrior Turns a Grass Roots Project into a Business (9/22/16)
✔ Brenda Sullivan Turned Her Suburban Backyard into a Cottage Industry (8/26/16)
✔ Annabel Khouri & Eric Stoffer Build a Backyard Farm in Cleveland OH (7/29/16)
✔ Marcus Riedner Farms By the Numbers in AB (6/24/16)
✔ Brian Kowalski Shows You Can Farm Anywhere and make $75k (5/26/16)
✔ Mary Ackley Builds a $138K Microgreens Business in DC (4/26/16)
✔ Keri Fox’s $68K Plan for Green Sister Gardens (3/24/16)
✔ Caroline Barrington Profits from Pioneering Local Food (2/25/16)
✔ Brianna van de Wijngaard’s First Three Years in Business at Puddle Produce (2/11/16)
✔ John Greenwood’s $20K Business Plan for JNJ Farms (1/28/16)
✔ David Elias, Hooligan Farm : Getting to $10k/year (10/15/15)
✔ Jared Regier: Using Backyards to Start a CSA-based Farm (8/27/15)
✔ Ben Klempner Grows a Farm in the Desert (7/13/15)

Get 24/7 access to any of the replays above at SPIN-Farming’s online learning hub, Backyard Riches. Free trial membership with the  purchase of any SPIN guide here