Crystal Partney was moved to begin Scattering Hope and Owl & Thistle after experiencing the devastating loss of her sister to suicide. Like many, her initial reaction to the event was filled with many unbearable emotions. To get through the anguish, Crystal decided to put her energy into helping others through the companies she created.
Crystal initially launched Scattering Hope to help people cope with the loss of loved ones to suicide. Death is often a challenging subject for people to work out in their heads, and suicide can be extremely difficult.
From her experience, Crystal realized that dealing with loss from suicide can be much harder than death by accident or natural causes. Suicides are particularly hard to process because the deceased person decided to take their own life, and it’s impossible for someone else to understand why.
People dealing with this type of loss also have conflicted feelings of guilt, confusion about the person’s intentions and can experience feelings of abandonment. Along with the inner emotional turmoil, suicide can be a taboo topic for some—causing more pain to those suffering from loss.
As Crystal walked through the other side of her pain, she came to understand that it was OK not to have all the answers. She realized that all she could do was hope that her sister was happy and in a better place.
She gives many tips on helping others cope with the early stages of a suicide loss through her book. She uses encouraging and uplifting language and coaches people through some of the basic movements to get them functioning again.
Some of her tips are very simple and include:
- Going for a walk.
- Drinking a bottle of water.
- Washing your hair.
- Making your bed.
- Making the effort to call a friend.
- And much more.
Crystal saw the book as a great companion for the toolbox but envisioned that people needed more. So she created a monthly subscription plan for gift boxes and a place people could share their stories.
The gift boxes allow people in the grieving process to attach anchors to the emotions they are experiencing at any one time during the grieving process. In addition, the boxes include a yin yang journal set and other items people can use to help move the healing process forward.
The yin yang journal set consists of two journals. There is a light teal journal where people can write down their daily feelings of gratitude and what made them happy that day. There is also a dark blue journal where participants can release their negative emotions.
For some, the journals fill up fast and benefit from having them sent on a monthly basis. The boxes also serve as a small beacon of light for people experiencing loss to look forward to.
If you or a loved one has experienced a loss due to suicide, seek out help. This type of loss can be debilitating, making it essential to find all of the support and love you can find. Visit Scattering Hope today to find out more about Crystal’s “Scattering Hope – A 30-Day Journal to Guide and Comfort Those Left Behind After Suicide.” You can also purchase single boxes or boxes by monthly subscription, containing the yin yang journal set and other treasures to help you along the way.
The Perfect Investment: RAD Diversified and Income-Producing Farms
Amidst the global lockdown of 2020, Dutch Mendenhall, founder of RADD America, began looking for an alternative to standard residential real-estate investments. So, he turned his analysis to farms and was blown away by the immense potential he saw. After going public in late 2019, RADD America purchased US farmland and made slices of the real estate available at minimum investments of $10,000.
Income-producing farms vs. other real estate asset classes
According to Mendenhall, an apartment complex in today’s US real estate market commands approximately a 4% or 5% cap rate. Farms offer somewhere around a 15% to 20% cap rate.
“When I first began looking at investing in farms, I compared each acre to an apartment or housing unit,” Mendenhall recalls. “The variety that income-producing farms provide is what I really love about them as an opportunity. With one season producing wheat and corn the next, you can double tap — you can raise livestock on top of agriculture. Putting money into the farm only pays off in time. Everything from improving soil to increasing irrigation makes a major impact on potential income, and so much of America’s farmland has fallen into disrepair during the last 20 years.”
When Mendenhall began investing during the early days of the pandemic, sustainable acres of producing farmland sold anywhere from $3,500 to $5,000. Today, he finds that income-producing acres of farmland easily sell for $9,500 to $10,000.
“I’ve seen farmland values almost double during the last couple of years,” Mendenhall says. “Currently, we’re in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Idaho, but we are analyzing land all over America. What reports don’t show is the difference between a properly maintained acre of farmland and an acre that is in disarray. There’s only so much workable farmland on the market today. We’ve hit the tipping point, and now, there’s a scarcity of land for people to buy. If you have the opportunity to purchase amazing agricultural land, you have to pull the trigger quickly.”
Income-producing farms as an asset class
Mendenhall is no stranger to investors. Since 2006, he’s connected them to deals in short sales, wholesaling, residential properties, and storage units, though he admits that every asset class has caused the same excitement as farmland. “At this point, we can’t find enough bargains for our investors,” he says. “They take real pride in their investments and keep asking us for more.”
RADD America takes a true grassroots approach when connecting its investors to farmland. “The farming world is different from any other in real estate,” explains Mendenhall. “We start by having our acquisitions and agricultural teams meet with farmers. When we get ready to brand cattle or plant, all the local farmers come and help. In the same spirit, our teams go out and help the local farmers when it’s their turn to brand and plant. To do it right, you have to build a relationship and a connection that’s quite different than other types of investing.”
RADD America is composed of expert investors and expert farmers. The company offers its investments through fractionalized ownership. In other words, the company purchases one farm and then allows a joint pool of investors to own it together.
“If you don’t have a team that knows how to farm and maximize income, you’re not going to get the best possible return for investors,” warns Mendenhall. “Thankfully, our team isn’t so big for this type of investing that we forget who we are, and we have the economy to scale at a great pace.”
The impact of global competition on income-producing farm investments
RADD America closely monitors global trends. In Mendenhall’s experience, investors win when they move before the market. However, when they move after the market, they lose.
“When Russian first invaded and sparked its war with Ukraine, for example, we kept a close eye on its global impact,” he says. “As one of the largest producers of wheat in the world, we knew that Ukraine — now in the midst of a war — wasn’t going to be able to produce wheat at the same scale, so someone else needs to step in and fill the gap. We’re constantly monitoring what’s happening in the world to stay on top of evolving trends.”
In terms of global competition, Mendenhall is frustrated by foreign entities staking ownership of American farmland and agriculture. In this area, China has positioned itself as the number one threat to the sovereignty of the United States.
“When foreign powers have ownership of agricultural land in the US, it puts us all at risk as Americans,” remarks Mendenhall. “Over the past few years, we’ve seen soil quality erode, closures of meatpacking plants, and numerous fires. The likelihood of nuclear war in this age is very small. The quiet war of buying American agriculture and unsettling the American dollar is the threat we face today.”
Clearly, RADD America has a lot to pay attention to at home and abroad. “We’re monitoring weather patterns and making one-year, three-year, and five-year predictions,” Mendenhall explains. “We’re also paying close attention to interest rates to see where this shifting economy is headed. The up-and-down cycles are faster than they’ve ever been. Monitoring the industry is critical. With expert investors and agricultural specialists from RADD America on your team, farmland can be one of your most promising and rewarding investment opportunities.”
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