Starting & Running Your Own Small Farm Business

Small-Farm Success Stories * Financial Assistance Sources * Marketing & Selling Ideas * Business Plan Forms & Documents

Author: Sarah Beth Aubrey

Publisher: Storey Publishing

ISBN: 1580176976

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 176

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Running your own small farm is demanding enough, but making it profitable presents a host of further challenges. In this business-savvy guide to farming on a small scale, Sarah Aubrey covers everything from financial plans and advertising budgets to web design and food service wholesalers. Learn how to isolate your target audience and craft artisanal products that will delight and amaze customers. With a solid business strategy in place, you can confidently turn your passion into a productive and profitable venture.

Making Your Small Farm Profitable

Apply 25 Guiding Principles, Develop New Crops & New Markets, Maximize Net Profits per Acre

Author: Ron Macher

Publisher: Storey Publishing

ISBN: 1603425357

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

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Turn your farm into a cash cow! Ron Macher offers a host of simple strategies for increasing your farm earnings, from purchasing durable equipment to growing economically viable crops. A seasoned expert in farm efficiency, Macher shows you how to locate a lucrative niche market for your products, optimize sales, and minimize costs. Whether you’re buying a new farm or jump-starting an old one, Macher’s savvy tips will help you turn your enterprise into a profitable business.

The Profitable Hobby Farm, How to Build a Sustainable Local Foods Business

Author: Sarah Beth Aubrey

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 111849590X

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: N.A

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Turn your hobby farm into a successful business No experience in farming? No problem! The Profitable Hobby Farm gives you all the tools you need to launch a thriving hobby farm business. Based on the author's expert guidance and the motivating experiences of other small farmers, it shows you how to blend strategy, marketing, and money management in order to prosper. The Profitable Hobby Farm provides sound, friendly start-up advice on a variety of topics essential to making an initial foray into a local foods venture. A must-read book for raising and selling local, sustainable foods Includes sample business plan, grant application, marketing and advertising plan, and other forms Lengthy resources section directs you to additional reading Also by Aubrey: Starting & Running Your Own Small Farm BusinessWhether it's growing heirloom tomatoes, raising free-range chickens for their eggs, or making organic wine or cheese, this book shows you how to turn your hobby into a profit.

You Can Farm

The Entrepreneur's Guide to Start and Succeed in a Farm Enterprise

Author: Joel Salatin

Publisher: Polyface Incorporated

ISBN: 9780963810922

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 480

View: 6961

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The Farm to Market Handbook

How to Create a Profitable Business from Your Small Farm

Author: Janet Hurst

Publisher: Voyageur Press (MN)

ISBN: 0760346607

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 176

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In The Farm to Market Handbook, veteran dairygoat farmer Janet Hurst teaches you how to create a marketing plan for your farm products and earn money from your farm.

The Organic Farmer's Business Handbook

A Complete Guide to Managing Finances, Crops, and Staff - and Making a Profit

Author: Richard Wiswall

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 1603582495

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 224

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Contrary to popular belief, a good living can be made on an organic farm. What’s required is farming smarter, not harder. In The Organic Farmer’s Business Handbook, Richard Wiswall shares advice on how to make your vegetable production more efficient, better manage your employees and finances, and turn a profit. From his twenty-seven years of experience at Cate Farm in Vermont, Wiswall knows firsthand the joys of starting and operating an organic farm—as well as the challenges of making a living from one. Farming offers fundamental satisfaction from producing food, working outdoors, being one’s own boss, and working intimately with nature. But, unfortunately, many farmers avoid learning about the business end of farming; because of this, they often work harder than they need to, or quit farming altogether because of frustrating—and often avoidable—losses. In this comprehensive business kit, Wiswall covers: Step-by-step procedures to make your crop production more efficient Advice on managing employees, farm operations, and office systems Novel marketing strategies What to do with your profits: business spending, investing, and planning for retirement A companion CD offers valuable business tools, including easy-to-use spreadsheets for projecting cash flow, a payroll calculator, comprehensive crop budgets for forty different crops, and tax planners.

Farms with a Future

Creating and Growing a Sustainable Farm Business

Author: Rebecca Thistlethwaite

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 1603584390

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 304

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What makes a farm sustainable and successful? And what special qualities and skills are needed for someone to become a successful farmer? Rebecca Thistlethwaite addresses these and other crucial questions in this uniquely important book, which is a must-read for anyone who aspires to get into farming, or who wants to make their farm business more dynamic, profitable, and, above all, sustainable. Over an entire year, the author and her husband-experienced farmers themselves-took a sabbatical and traveled the length and breadth of the United States to live and work alongside some of the nation's most innovative farmers. Along the way they learned about best practices, and a whole lot about what doesn't work. Farms with a Future shares this collective wisdom in an inspirational yet practical manner; it will help beginners avoid many of the common mistakes that first-time farmers make. Just as importantly, it discusses positive ideas that can help make any farm enterprise vibrant and financially profitable. Profiles of more than a dozen representative farms help round out the invaluable information and encourage farmers to embrace their inner entrepreneur. Younger growers, in particular, will benefit by learning about "the right stuff" from both their peers and longtime experts.This book provides a useful reference for beginning and experienced farmers alike. While many other books address agricultural production, there are very few that talk about business management for long-term sustainability. Farms with a Future offers an approachable, colorful take on building a triple-bottom-line farming business.

Backyard Market Gardening

The Entrepreneur's Guide to Selling what You Grow

Author: Andrew W. Lee

Publisher: Good Earth Pub

ISBN: 9780962464805

Category: Gardening

Page: 351

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This is the classic flagship book on farmers? markets and market gardens by best selling authors Andy Lee and Patricia Foreman. The greatest opportunities can sometimes be found in our own backyards. This is true for the small-scale farmer/gardener who dreams of selling the fruits of theirlabors to an appreciative public. Discover how easy and profitable it is to grow and sell vegetables, fruits, flower, herbs and small livestock from your backyard market garden. Make Money at Home! This inspirational, dirt-under-the-fingernails book with its earthy humor, has helped inspire "the gardener next door" to grow food not only for themselves, but others aswell and make money while doing what they love. The authors have put over 30 years of vegetable growing and small business experience into this handbook for beginning and experienced agricultural entrepreneurs. A complete guide to business management and marketing for the small scale vegetable grower. Contains a wealth of information on budgets, crop planning, direct marketing, roadside & farm stands, food cooperatives, caterers, mail order, restaurants, pick your own, wholesale distributors, producers' cooperatives, and subscription marketing services such as clientele membership clubs, community supported farms, and home deliveries. Covers innovative and appropriately scaled equipment for the greenhouses and fields, labor requirements and training methods, locating and improving land for growing and retailing sites, and gives a very strong argument for the economic and ecologic benefits of organic and sustainable growing methods. Updated resources, information on direct marketing sales, get your own cyber farm stand, new tools and cool deals at: www.BackyardMarketGarden.com.

Sell what You Sow!

The Grower's Guide to Successful Produce Marketing

Author: Eric L. Gibson

Publisher: New World Pub

ISBN: 9780963281401

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 302

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Discusses different ways that a small-time farmer can market produce, including roadside stands, pick-your-own operations, contacting local restaurants for direct purchase of crops, and growing produce on order

Building a sustainable business

a guide to developing a business plan for farms and rural businesses

Author: Gigi DiGiacomo,Robert Philip King,Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture,Dale W. Nordquist

Publisher: Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture

ISBN: 9781888626070

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 280

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Microfarming for Profit

From Garden to Glory

Author: Dave DeWitt

Publisher: Torrey House Press

ISBN: 1937226409

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 150

View: 3132

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2015 NEW MEXICO-ARIZONA BOOK AWARD WINNER "This useful, entertaining guide gives prospective microfarmers the dirt on realistic essentials for turning a garden into a money–making enterprise…The author advises on such basics as business plans and sales techniques; profiles a range of actual working microfarms, from flowers to killer bees; and relates hilarious stories from his own microfarming." —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY "No generalities or theory here: this is all applied wisdom—which is why it works so well! Readers who want to turn their few acres into a profitable business venture would do well to turn to Microfarming for Profit as the first approach to turning an idea into reality." —CALIFORNIA BOOKWATCH "DeWitt brings a lifetime of experience to this new guide for those interested in taking their hobby garden to a new level…[he] writes with authority and practicality, making this book an excellent resource for the novice microfarmer." —DESERET NEWS "…delightful…fun to read…a good starting point, and provides valuable information for farming on a very small scale." —MICRO FARM LIFE With wit, expertise, and common sense, Dave DeWitt shows you how to establish a successful microfarm by choosing the most profitable plants and animals to raise and learning to market and sell what you produce. His informative yet conversational style makes you feel you're talking with an expert you already know. Declared the "pope of peppers" by the New York Times, Dave DeWitt is one of the foremost authorities on chile peppers and spicy foods. A food historian and prolific writer, he is the author of over fifty books including gardening guides, food histories, and cookbooks. DeWitt is an associate professor in the College of Agriculture, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University, and co-producer of the National Fiery Foods and Barbecue Show, now in its twenty-sixth year. Dave lives with his wife in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Farmers Markets

A Guide to Small Scale Business and Entrepreneurship

Author: William Hood English

Publisher: Blue Creek Publishing

ISBN: 9780692512982

Category: Farm produce

Page: 120

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In his new book ... author Bill English uses his business and counseling experience to provide a guide of helpful hints and counsel for the novice as well as the current Farmers Market vendor, to enable the small business man/woman to have the best opportunity to succeed. Within these pages, you will find nuggets of great information that will help you with your business venture. This book is meant to be a quick read, organized to help you set up a new business or improve an existing business. Those who want to expand their business beyond the single Farmers Market, will find information to encourage entrepreneurship to operate many other Farmers Markets booths as well as expand into the wholesale arena selling into local, regional, state and national outlets.

The Farmer's Office

Tools, Tips and Templates to Successfully Manage a Growing Farm Business

Author: Julia Shanks

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 1550926101

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

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Starting and running a farm makes one into both a farmer and an entrepreneur, and to be ecologically and financially sustainable, farmers must understand basic accounting and bookkeeping in order to manage their growing business. The Farmer’s Office gives farmers the tools they need to think like an entrepreneur and thoughtfully manage their business for success.

The Woman Hobby Farmer

Female Guidance for Growing Food, Raising Livestock, and Building a Farm-Based Business

Author: Karen Lanier

Publisher: i5 Publishing LLC

ISBN: 1620082616

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 240

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Hobby farming is alive and thriving in semi-rural, suburban, and rural areas across the country, and female farmers have been cited as the fastest growing sector within the farming community in recent years. With more than 1 million women in the United States and Canada describing farming as their primary source of income, and many more for whom hobby farming is just that—a hobby—the time is right for a publication dedicated to hobby farming from a female perspective. Written for women, by a woman, this insightful volume is packed with stories and advice from women hobby farmers and looks at female-specific farming challenges as well as issues that all farmers face. Inside The Woman Hobby Farmer: •Discussions on the who, what, why, and where of hobby farming •Deciding on your farming goals and making a plan •What to expect in your new endeavor •How to decide what to plant and prepare your planting sites •Advice on feeding, caring for, and housing different types of livestock •A look at “agripreneurship”—running and marketing your hobby farm as a successful business •Stories, quotes, and advice from successful female hobby farmers

The Lean Farm

How to Minimize Waste, Increase Efficiency, and Maximize Value and Profits with Less Work

Author: Ben Hartman

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 1603585923

Category: Agriculture

Page: 256

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A practical, systems-based approach for a more sustainable farming operation To many people today, using the words “factory” and “farm” in the same sentence is nothing short of sacrilege. In many cases, though, the same sound business practices apply whether you are producing cars or carrots. Author Ben Hartman and other young farmers are increasingly finding that incorporating the best new ideas from business into their farming can drastically cut their wastes and increase their profits, making their farms more environmentally and economically sustainable. By explaining the lean system for identifying and eliminating waste and introducing efficiency in every aspect of the farm operation, The Lean Farm makes the case that small-scale farming can be an attractive career option for young people who are interested in growing food for their community. Working smarter, not harder, also prevents the kind of burnout that start-up farmers often encounter in the face of long, hard, backbreaking labor. Lean principles grew out of the Japanese automotive industry, but they are now being followed on progressive farms around the world. Using examples from his own family’s one-acre community-supported farm in Indiana, Hartman clearly instructs other small farmers in how to incorporate lean practices in each step of their production chain, from starting a farm and harvesting crops to training employees and selling goods. While the intended audience for this book is small-scale farmers who are part of the growing local food movement, Hartman’s prescriptions for high-value, low-cost production apply to farms and businesses of almost any size or scale that hope to harness the power of lean in their production processes.

The New Farmers' Market

Farm-fresh Ideas for Producers, Managers & Communities

Author: Vance Corum,Marcie A. Rosenzweig,Eric L. Gibson

Publisher: New World Pub

ISBN: 9780963281425

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 257

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Offers advice about farmers' markets for farmers, market managers, and city planners, covering choosing crops, keeping records, staffing a booth, retail storefronts, displays, merchandising, sales, promotion, challenges, opportunities, management issues, and other related topics; and discusses trends.

The Market Gardener

A Successful Grower's Handbook for Small-scale Organic Farming

Author: Jean-Martin Fortier,Marie Bilodeau

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 0865717656

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 224

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Grow better not bigger with proven low-tech, human-scale, biointensive farming methods

Small Farm Handbook, 2nd Edition

Author: Laura Tourte,Ben Andrews Faber

Publisher: UCANR Publications

ISBN: 1601076983

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 182

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Since its publication in 1994, the Small Farm Handbook has been an essential resource for California’s small farmers and the agricultural professionals advising them – selling over 4300 copies. Now this invaluable reference has been updated and expanded for today’s small-scale producers. The handbook covers three essential areas: Background skills and knowledge, the business side, and the farming side Within these broad areas you’ll find specific chapters on: Requirements for Successful Farming Growing Crops Raising Animals Farm and Financial Management Marketing and Product Sales Labor Management Also included are profiles of six small farm operators representing a sample of California’s diverse agriculture. Throughout you’ll get a look at emerging trends and issues for California agriculture and innovative methods for better production and management, all of which can lead to better farm performance. Drawing upon the knowledge of 32 experts from the University of California, No other publication covers the topics, issues, and facets of California’s small-scale agriculture with this depth or level of expertise. From the basics to risk management, specialty crops to marketing and product sales, this guide covers the gamut.

Market Farming Success

The Business of Growing and Selling Local Food

Author: Lynn Byczynski

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 1603583866

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 275

View: 2615

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Market Farming Success is an indispensable guide to market gardening and farming for those in the business of growing and selling food, flowers, herbs, or plants. Condensing decades of growing experience from every part of the United States and Canada, Lynn Byczynski - editor and publisher of Growing for Market - identifies crucial areas that usually trip up beginners and shows growers how to avoid common obstacles. This book differentiates between market gardens, market farms, and vegetable farms, offering a concise and useful overview of how to find land, select and grow crops, acquire appropriate equipment, and market your produce, as well as tackle recordkeeping, insurance, and other fundamental business topics.--COVER.