Farms with a Future Creating and Growing a Sustainable Farm Business

ISBN-10: 1603584382
ISBN-13: 9781603584388
Edition: 2013
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date: 1/10/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 306
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.408

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 Futureshares 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 Futureoffers an approachable, colorful take on building a triple-bottom-line farming business.

Richard Wiswall started Cate Farm in East Montpelier, Vermont, where he has farmed since 1981. Known for his work on farm profitability and appropriate business tools, Wiswall consults with other farmers, and writes and speaks frequently on organic-farm business issues. He is the author of book The Organic Farmer’s Business Handbook and Business Advice for Organic Farmers, a practical workshop available on DVD. To learn more about Wiswall and Cate Farm, visit www.catefarm.com .

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
For the Beginner
Case Studies: Relly Bub Farm (VT), Fair Food Farm (VT)
Identifying Your Market Niche
Case Study: Marilee Foster's Farm (NY)
Finding and Securing Land
Case Study: Serendipity Organic Farm (CA)
Financing the Dream
Case Study: TLC Ranch (CA)
Farm Planning for Success
Case Study: Misty Brook Farm (MA)
Equipment and Infrastructure
Case Study: Shady Grove Ranch (TX)
Soil and Water Management
Case Study: Crown S Ranch (WA)
Harvest and Processing
Case Study: Bluebird Grain Farms (WA)
Marketing and Relationship Building
Case Study: Massa Organics (CA)
Record-Keeping and Regulatory Compliance
Case Study: Amaltheia Organic Dairy (MT)
Accounting and Financial Management
Case Study: Hoch Orchard & Gardens (MN)
Human Resources and Family
Case Study: Butterworks Farm (VT)
Add-On Enterprises and Value-Added Products
Case Studies: Green Gate Farms (TX), Vanguard Ranch (VA)
References and Resources
Index

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