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: 1333


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: 3413

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.

Organic Vegetable Production Manual

Author: Milton E. McGiffen,Jeri Ohmart,David Chaney

Publisher: UCANR Publications

ISBN: 160107557X

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 86

View: 594

This manual provides detailed information for growers on farming vegetables organically, addressing the essential topics for success in this highly competitive marketplace. Chapters cover a range of topics for the organic vegetable farmer: business and marketing plans, economic performance, soil fertility management, managing diseases, weed management, postharvest handling, as well as organic certification and registration in California.

Small Farm Handbook, 2nd Edition

Author: Laura Tourte,Ben Andrews Faber

Publisher: UCANR Publications

ISBN: 1601076983

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 182

View: 3060

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.

Organic Transition

A Business Planner for Farmers, Ranchers and Food Entrepreneurs

Author: Gigi DiGiacomo,Robert King,Dale Nordquist

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781888626155

Category:

Page: 178

View: 6895


Greenhorns

50 Dispatches from the New Farmers' Movement

Author: Zoe Ida Bradbury,Severine von Tscharner Fleming,Paula Manalo

Publisher: Storey Publishing

ISBN: 1603428089

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 256

View: 6008

The Greenhorns are a community of more than 5,000 young farmers and activists committed to producing and advocating for food grown with vision and respect for the earth. This book, edited by three of the group’s leading members, comprises 50 original essays by new farmers who write about their experiences in the field from a wide range of angles, both practical and inspirational. Funny and sad, serious and light-hearted, these essays touch on everything from financing and machinery to family, community building, and social change.

The Business Planning Guide

Creating a Plan for Success in Your Own Business

Author: David H. Bangs

Publisher: Dearborn Trade

ISBN: 9781574100990

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 216

View: 2411

A guide to creating a business plan covers market, location, personnel, management, capital, and cash flow

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: 2022

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.

Rural Futures

A Publication of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: New York (State)

Page: N.A

View: 1264


HortIdeas

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Horticulture

Page: N.A

View: 5822


A Market Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Agroenterprise Development

Author: Shaun Ferris,Elly Kaganzi,Rupert Best,Carlos Ostertag,Mark Lundy,Tiago Wandschneider

Publisher: Catholic Relief Services

ISBN: 1614920028

Category: Business & Economics

Page: N.A

View: 5146

This publication is a product of the experiences and lessons learned while implementing agroenterprise projects in eastern and southern Africa. A Market Facilitator's Guide is based on a resource-to-consumption framework, which is the central theme of the "enabling rural innovation" approach for rural development. This approach seeks to empower farmer groups with the necessary skills to make informed decisions for their economic development, based on an analysis of their surroundings, assets and skills. The methodology also aims for outcomes that are equitable, gender focused and participatory.

Soil Sisters

A Toolkit for Women Farmers

Author: Lisa Kivirist

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 1550926020

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

View: 7934


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: 6871

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.

Business Logic for Sustainability

A Food and Beverage Industry Perspective

Author: A. Ionescu-Somers,U. Steger

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230583504

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 254

View: 9184

The food and beverage industry is vital to the global economy, but in a society increasingly concerned with sustainable development, it is facing new challenges. This book presents the results of a research project focused on the management challenges that sustainable development presents to presents to food and beverage companies.

Developing Sustainable Food Value Chains

Guiding Principles

Author: David Neven,Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Publisher: Fao

ISBN: 9789251084816

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 88

View: 3680

Aimed at policy-makers, project designers and field practitioners, this publication provides the conceptual foundation for a new set of FAO handbooks on sustainable food value chain development. It defines the concept of a sustainable food value chain, presents a development paradigm that integrates the concepts of sustainability and value addition, highlights ten guiding principles, and discusses the potential and limitations of the approach. In doing so, this handbook makes a strong case for placing sustainable food value chain development at the heart of any strategy aimed at reducing poverty and hunger.

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

View: 9195

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.

Agritourism and Nature Tourism in California

Author: Holly George,Ellen L. Rilla

Publisher: UCANR Publications

ISBN: 1601077424

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 151

View: 1951

Agritourism has emerged as a viable financial option for many farms and ranches. Since the publication of the first edition of Agritourism and Nature Tourism, the landscape has changed as counties and local governments incorporate agritourism into their local plans. This new edition builds on the concepts of the first, and adds updated information on regulations, risk management, and new marketing trends.