to the genius of
THE BULLFROG FISH FARM LLC / EAT MY FISH
An innovative practice & model for small and/or developing farms and rural business... Including alternate opportunities in finance and investment...
It's all about Relationships & having a Highest Regard for-
Our earth's environment, well being of communities & economic responsibility.
DOLLAR FISH FARM” FOR SALE –
(BUY UP or BUY IN)
FACILITIES, LANDSCAPE & PONDS, ALL INVENTORIES & VILLAGE/HOUSING
accomplishments of this 1st generation fish farm adventure, by any standard,
Farm Crew Ad-Venture Member/Owners-
"Farmers-without-Land" (individual, couples or small group)…
Alternate Lender/s- Willing to take on, or share, 1st/Significate Position...
IS FOREVER / 1987-2000
The below writing remains unedited from it's origin...
From the "Soul Proprietor"- September, 1999
years in building & 5 years in business-
it weren't for money — I'd be a rich man!"
Frog Pioneers- "We'll put the swap here!"
The Spring of 1987 discovery of a plentiful and pure water resource hidden just below the surface of a marginal and sandy farm field gave vision to fish farming as a way of life... "Permission" came as a result of an environmental assessment request made to the state regulatory agency... With projections for future growth, it is understood- The farm is a positive use of water and land resources!
"spoon" is wooden... & the Vision is awesome... yet tenacity, gumption,
wit and with a "Stone Soup" practice
The farm's facilities and systems are in place and proven... They have been continually improved upon and expanded... thus preparing the way for continued growth (with the removal of a little "bailing wire").
farm is proficient in the production, processing and marketing of Rainbow
Diversified markets have been established... from our fresh cuts and famous smoked spread and fillets (route, pondside sales, and mail order) to recreation activities and tour buses to the sales of "EAT MY FISH" paraphernalia and education to a wide range of folks- including schools, clubs, agencies, and potential fish farmers... Other markets have been researched and some are ready.
Money Matters- Larger sums could have been expended to the same end... frugality has contributed to the significant achievement of building equity. The learning curve has been tamed and familiarity has given way to the actuality of numbers and needs... As a natural progression profitably and return on investments has moved up on the list of priorities - thus the furthering of the farm's aspirations. . .
Through assessment and preparation for the next step of this fish farm business... an advisory team has been called upon and is "working"- With scrutiny the door to a certain technology has been opened... the farm now computes and being "on line" suddenly has a new meaning... Anew business entity has been established, providing new tools, resources and flexibility... conceding to an aptitude for, and history in, making the desired happen, a business plan is in place- better resembling a process, related to serendipity yet steadfast in practice and vision.
With an "EAT MY FISH" attitude- The farm has not only weathered the pioneering & complex status of Wisconsin Fish Farming... It has also increased in its' understanding of the challenges of small developing rural business'... It has gained state wide status as a significant player in the defining & developing of its' "industry"- A "reserved credibility"! It has become a source of color and pride in the Chippewa Valley & "At Large"...
THE TIME HAS COME FOR- "BULLFROG AND COMPANY"!
Limited Liability Company LLC- is a relatively new business entity... It is best known for its' protections from liabilities and its' taxation similar to that of a Partnership. Another appealing aspect is the freedom to contract - to bring in new business tools, to utilize the attributes of investment type financing and to practice a more flexible business style and process...
Bullfrog Fish Farm has stylized this entity by acknowledging and empowering its’ successes and community participation....by making way for a "camaraderie of challenge" to grow a farm business...by fusing its' "mission and brand" it has created a higher sense of purpose and union in promotion and markets...Thus offering a shared opportunity for *AD-Venture- "values-added" investment!
1, 2000 - January 1, 2005... A five year plan & based on
PRACTICE AND VISION IN;
"And more" is what the next five years will be about-
Building & growing a farm business on what is good & works.
Rainbow trout will remain the farm's specialized and year `round market. With the expansion of facilities and systems, it will produce and market up to 35-40,000 pounds per year, better filling its' present markets. The additional waters from this expansion will give way to a series of ponds and tanks for holding and rearing where the farm may begin to practice the growing of other species of fish. More immediately, the farm will further develop the Bullfrog's "Net" Works — relationships with other small farmers, trappers and entrepreneurs. For the past three years the farm has developed a market for live crayfish with this vision in mind- likewise, the Bullfrog Fish Farm will become known as a place to come for Wisconsin fish and products- Farmed, regional or related- seasonal or as available. The ultimate in Wisconsin's fresh water fish.
Farm visits- recreation, touring and education make up a social side of business... With a farmish presence, it is a gathering place. Trips to the farm have become regular activities for our Chippewa Valley neighbors... a destination for travelers including scores of foreign folks each year. Unlike the weather or seasonal changes, peoples' vacations, holidays, and special occasions are scheduled events. With the addition of a shelter more folks will be able to plan for such activities without dwelling on Wisconsin weather worries. With the shelter will come more people who can plan a gathering which will further enhance the opportunity for the low-key, simple family experience that folks are looking for... and the possibility of a family beer and beverage garden too.
The tongue-in-cheek of the "EAT MY FISH" slogan and a 5 year history of the "open dialogue" concerning rural culture, have become inseparable. They have triggered a magical response in the all too often absurd and homogenizing effects of our modern times. The farm continues to develop its' mission by using a rural way to tell a story... promoting, educating and advocating for small developing rural business' and a way of life... Its' reward is subsidized by the sales of EAT MY FISH / Preservation of Character paraphernalia.
Note- The physical additions at the Bullfrog Fish Farm are projected to be... a well, aerators, and related equipment… tanks and ponds, building of inventory from fish to T-shirts, multi-purpose building -value added processing, offices, storage and social areas... Completed in phases as resources become available...frugality and farmish funk will reign.
PROPRIETOR" RUN - COMMUNITY OWNED AND SUPPORTED-
Ownerships will be sold in $5,000 increments and/or minimums, with exceptions made to "farm crew" and suppliers of goods and services in trade and at a significant value.
An Advisory Counsel will be developed. Positions will be elected by members at the rate of one position for every $50,000 of additional investments and is tentatively decided not to exceed 5 positions. Counsel members will work with the farm's advisory team and meet as needed or at least once per year to review business records and prepare for the annual meeting. All members will be considered farm resources and may be called upon. Members will be invited to an annual meeting to receive reports, discuss business progress and to offer input... This meeting will adjourn into a gathering of support and celebration. Therefore community supported and owned…
in it for me/us?
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