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

View: 7071

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.
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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: 1603581421

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 184

View: 8819

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Business Advice for Organic Farmers Bundle

Author: Richard Wiswall

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781603584630

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 224

View: 5162

Provides step-by-step instructions on how to make crop production more efficient and offers advice on farm operations, managing employees, and office procedures, along with a DVD featuring a workshop and an interview with the author.
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Sharing the Harvest

A Citizen's Guide to Community Supported Agriculture

Author: Elizabeth Henderson,Robyn Van En

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 193339210X

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 303

View: 3989

Looks at partnerships between local small farms and nearby consumers, who become members or subscribers in support of the farm, offering advice on acquiring land, organizing, handling the harvest, and money and legal matters.
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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

View: 7248

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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

View: 5026

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.
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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

View: 3907

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.
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Sustainable Market Farming

Intensive Vegetable Production on a Few Acres

Author: Pam Dawling

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 1550925121

Category: Gardening

Page: 456

View: 8529

Growing for 100 - the complete year-round guide for the small-scale market grower.
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Whole-Farm Planning

Ecological Imperatives, Personal Values, and Economics

Author: Elizabeth Henderson,Karl North

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 1603583564

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 104

View: 6213

Part of the NOFA Guides. Includes information on: Lessons from systems science (including tools) Assessing the whole farm (what are we managing? the people, physical and mental assets, money) Understanding the farm ecosystems (the water and mineral cycles, dynamics of the biological community, the energy flow) Choosing appropriate tools Making a framework to test decisions Including examples and statements from practicing farmers, and more holistic resources and alternative business models.
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High-Yield Vegetable Gardening

Grow More of What You Want in the Space You Have

Author: Colin McCrate,Brad Halm

Publisher: Storey Publishing

ISBN: 1612123961

Category: Gardening

Page: 320

View: 722

High-Yield Vegetable Gardening teaches readers how to grow a productive home vegetable garden using methods the authors (former CSA farmers) developed while working with hundreds of novice urban farmers. McCrate and Halm demonstrate how to scale down CSA growing techniques in order to scale up your home vegetable garden — from planning specific quantities of particular crops to seed-startingen masse, using land efficiently with smart crop rotation, using intensive soil management techniques, extending the growing season, and integrating nonfood crops into the mix.
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Farms with a Future

Creating and Growing a Sustainable Farm Business

Author: Rebecca Thistlethwaite

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 1603584382

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 283

View: 7234

Do you want to make your farm more dynamic, profitable, and-- above all-- sustainable? Thistlethwaite introduces readers to some of the country's most innovative farmers, in order to help you build a triple-bottom-line farming business focused on economic viability, social justice, and ecological soundness.
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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

View: 3190

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.
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Storey's Guide to Growing Organic Vegetables & Herbs for Market

Site & Crop Selection * Planting, Care & Harvesting * Business Basics

Author: Keith Stewart

Publisher: Storey Publishing

ISBN: 1603429077

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 560

View: 4292

Keith Stewart covers everything you need to know to successfully grow and market your own organic vegetables and herbs. Offering expert tips on choosing a growing site, soil fertility, companion planting, irrigation, organic farming techniques, dealing with pests, and harvesting, Stewart also helps you design a business plan, manage employees, and find niche markets for your produce.
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Steel in the field

a farmer's guide to weed-management tools

Author: Greg Bowman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781888626025

Category: Gardening

Page: 128

View: 6034

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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: 3736

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.
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The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer

The Ultimate Guide to Producing High-Quality Herbs on a Market Scale

Author: Jeff Carpenter,Melanie Carpenter

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 1603585745

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 416

View: 9816

A new approach to growing local medicine, including information on geo-authenticity, wildcrafting, and developing a good business plan Both a business guide and a farming manual, The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer will teach readers how to successfully grow and market organic medicinal Western herbs. Whether you’re trying to farm medicinal plants, culinary herbs, or at-risk native herbs exclusively or simply add herbal crops to what you’re already growing, successful small-scale herb farmers Jeff and Melanie Carpenter will guide you through the entire process—from cultivation to creating value-added products. Using their Zack Woods Herb Farm in Vermont as a backdrop, the Carpenters cover all the basic practical information farmers need to know to get an organic herb farm up and running, including: • Size and scale considerations; • Layout and design of the farm and facilities; • Growing and cultivation information, including types of tools; • Field and bed prep; • Plant propagation; • Weed control, and pests and diseases; • Harvesting, as well as wild harvesting and the concept of geo-authentic botanicals; • Postharvest processing; and, • Value-added products and marketing. The authors also provide fifty detailed plant profiles, going deeper into the herbs every farmer should consider growing. In an easy-to-understand, practical, and comprehensive manner, readers will learn how to focus on quality over quantity, and keep costs down by innovating with existing equipment, rather than expensive technology.Market farmers who have never before considered growing medicinal herbs will learn why it’s more important to produce these herbs domestically. The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer makes a convincing case that producing organic medicinal herbs can be a viable, profitable, farming enterprise. The Carpenters also make the case for incorporating medicinal herbs into existing operations, as it can help increase revenue in the form of value-added products, not to mention improve the ecological health of farmland by encouraging biodiversity as a path toward greater soil health.
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The Organic Farming Manual

A Comprehensive Guide to Starting and Running a Certified Organic Farm

Author: Ann Larkin Hansen

Publisher: Storey Publishing

ISBN: 1603424792

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 437

View: 1485

Providing expert tips on tending the land, caring for animals, and necessary equipment, Ann Larkin Hansen also covers the intricate process of acquiring organic certification and other business considerations important to a profitable operation. Discover the rewarding satisfaction of running a successful and sustainable organic farm.
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The New Organic Grower

A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener, 2nd Edition

Author: Eliot Coleman

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 160358014X

Category: Gardening

Page: 340

View: 9839

With more than 45,000 sold since 1989, The New Organic Grower has become a modern classic. In this newly revised and expanded edition, master grower Eliot Coleman continues to present the simplest and most sustainable ways of growing top-quality organic vegetables. Coleman updates practical information on marketing the harvest, on small-scale equipment, and on farming and gardening for the long-term health of the soil. The new book is thoroughly updated, and includes all-new chapters such as: Farm-Generated Fertility—how to meet your soil-fertility needs from the resources of your own land, even if manure is not available. The Moveable Feast—how to construct home-garden and commercial-scale greenhouses that can be easily moved to benefit plants and avoid insect and disease build-up. The Winter Garden—how to plant, harvest, and sell hardy salad crops all winter long from unheated or minimally heated greenhouses. Pests—how to find "plant-positive" rather than "pest-negative" solutions by growing healthy, naturally resistant plants. The Information Resource—how and where to learn what you need to know to grow delicious organic vegetables, no matter where you live. Written for the serious gardener or small market farmer, The New Organic Grower proves that, in terms of both efficiency and profitability, smaller can be better.
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Fearless Farm Finances

Farm Financial Management Demystified Second Edition

Author: Jody L Padgham,Paul Dietmann,Craig Chase

Publisher: Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service

ISBN: 9780692801888

Category:

Page: N.A

View: 7354

Fearless Farm Finances is a one-of-a-kind resource packed with instructions, tips and tools for setting up and managing a farm's financial system. The 2nd edition offers new information and templates for those setting up paper-based systems, a new chapter on farm transition, as well as a new layout and updated resources.
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