Name? Steve Meggait
Where do you farm? 5 km north of Armstrong
What do you primarily farm? Beef (breeding to finishing), pork (breeding to finishing), broiler chickens, grains and hay.
What type of business structure is your farm? Currently a sole proprietorship, with plans to incorporate.
What is your land tenure? Are there special relationships that allow for this? I’m farming two family owned 1/4 sections. One has been in the family for 90 years.
How did you seriously get into farming? I really don’t know. It just happened.
Why did you apply for the YA Business Mentorship Network? I could use some help making my business profitable.
What is the greatest business challenge you face as a young farmer? Staying focused on the things that pay. It’s really tempting to want to do everything all at once. But unfortunately that’s the best way to not make any money. Being idealistic is expensive, and I really need to figure out how to make my business sustainable before I can get into all the fun, experimental stuff I really want to be doing.
What are your business goals for the season? Getting a handle on complete, up to date bookkeeping, starting a box CSA program, a commercial kitchen and incorporating my business.
What business tools could you not live without? Quickbooks online is getting to be very useful. I set it to my homepage, so the first thing I do every day is look at my books, it really helps to keep me focused on what I need to do.
If you had a farming super power what would it be? Hmmm. Sometimes I actually can’t believe how many things I can keep track of all at once. I didn’t know my brain was capable of doing so many things at once. It feels a bit like a super power.
What is your favourite farm book? The internet? I don’t read much on paper anymore,it might be a problem, but I think I get lots of great info from sites like The Rodale institute, Acres USA and agricultural school databases.
BONUS: How can we find out more about you, your farm, and its products?
Funding for the Young Agrarians Business Mentorship Network Pilot is provided in part by Salt Spring Coffee, Vancity, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the BC Ministry of Agriculture through programs delivered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC.