The mission of Alderman Farms is to promote "shoestring sufficiency," helping folks become more self-sufficient, on a shoestring budget.
Patti Alderman is a homeschooling mother of four whose knowledge in the areas of budgeting and thriftiness, gardening and small-scale farming ("homesteading") has been a sought-after resource among her friends and family.
Patti learned at the feet of those whose lives span decades of living off the land the old fashioned way, using simple, time-tested techniques, and it is her desire to pass that information along to a new generation just beginning to feel the need to become as self-sufficient as possible. Patti also strongly believes that budgeting plays an important role in self-sufficiency, in that adherence to a family budget spurs creativity, forcing one to learn how to "make do" rather than whipping out the credit card to purchase the "easy" solution, which is often the "expensive" solution.
Tommy Alderman is a former law enforcement professional with 18 years of municipal and county law enforcement experience, currently working as the Director of Special Projects for a Public Safety Software developer. In that role, Tommy develops marketing and product training videos, maintains the company's social media presence, and performs other marketing functions. His passion is persuasion and training others, whatever the discipline. Patti has had her hands full training him in the ways of frugality, which Tommy readily acknowledges, saying "If it weren't for Patti, I wouldn't have a penny to my name. But thanks to her, we have pennies-a-plenty and great food on the table."
Tommy was graduated from LSU in 1986 with a Bachelor's Degree in English, with an emphasis in creative writing, which he says explains why his police reports were longer than those of his co-workers. "The Lt.'s hated to see me coming with a folder in my hands," he jokes.
And though his education was focused on formal English, he's more likely to speak and write in his native tongue, "Redneck."