Business Planning

Beginner Business Plan

This document provides an outline for a business plan for farmers. Includes income, weekly sales, and expenses. Beginner. Other keywords: Finance, Entrepreneur

Whole Farm Management for Hmong Farmers

PDF curriculum guide for trainers of pre-literate farmers.  Geared towards Hmong farmers, but can be easily adapted.  Curriculum contains several lessons, topics include: farm management, resource evaluation, sustainable crop production, soil managment, integrated pest and weed management, equipment usage, irrigation and sustainable livestock and poultry production.  North East Region. English Level: advanced. Farming Level: beginning. Literacy Level: advanced. Key Words: sustainable pratices, pest management.

Chart Decision Making - Guidance for Farmer's Decisions

Chart outlining various factors that impact individual farmer decision making. All regions. English Level: Advanced. Farming Level: Beginning. Literacy Level: High. Keywords: planning, marketing, production, management

Enterprise Budget Class - 3 of 4

Excel document of a sample farm budget.  Paired with Enterprise Budget Class parts 1, 2 and 4.  Budget includes accounting for crop budgets, labor, delivery and farmers market costs. All Regions. English Level: advanced. Farming Level: beginning- intermediate. Literacy Level: advanced. Key words: budgets.

Enterprise Budgets Class - 2 of 4

Class outline part 2 about enterprise budgets.  This class goes into more detail on specific crops and financial analysis and balancing finances with other variables on the farm.  Paired with Fennel Class powerpoint.  All Regions. English Level: Advanced. Farming Level: Beginning. Literacy Level: Advanced. Key Words: fennel, budgets, finances.

Enterprise Budgets Class - 1 of 4

Word Document class outline about budget enterprising and deciding what to grow.  Includes information about budgeting and how to plan what you grow in a cost effective manner.  Paired with Grow for your Markets! power point (Enterprise Budget Class part 4 of 4).  Also includes interactive budget planning activity.  All Regions. English Level: Advanced. Farming Level: Beginning. Literacy Level: Advanced. Key Words: budgets, planning, costs.

Making a Marketing Plan

PDF for farmers about how to develop a marketing plan.  Needs to be updated with examples for specific incubator, but outline is very useful.  All Regions. English Level: Beginning. Farming Level: Beginning. Literacy Level: low/moderate.  Key Words: marketing, CSA, farmers market.

January 2014 Calendar

PDF calendar for farmers to keep track of events and daily activities happening at the farm.  All Regions. English Level: Beginning. Farming Level: All. Literacy Level: Low. Key Words: calendar, plannning.

Marketing Matrix - Advantages/Disadvantages to Different Market Options

Word document to help farmers identify the variables in choosing different marketing options.  Options covered include: farmers markets, CSAs, wholesale markets, internet markets, chain and independent grocery stores or restaurants, institutional markets, u-pick, farm stands and packing companies.  All Regions.  English Level: Advanced.  Farming Level: all. Literacy Level: Advanced.  Key Words: marketing, wholesale.

Best Practices for Farming Multiple Plots

This guide is written for individuals who want to start farming, but who do not have access to a large plot of contiguous land. This guide covers specific factors you need to think about when renting multiple parcels of land from other people, including advantages and disadvantages to this type of land tenure and how your farm business can be successful in the long term. This guide also provides examples of other farmers who are successfully farming on multiple small plots. You may benefit from this guide if you:

• Are interested in farming but do not want to leave your community
• Are interested in learning about how to farm without owning land
• Have an idea of what kind of farm business you would like to start but would like more information on how to access land

This guide will help you answer the following questions:

• Who is farming multiple plots?
• What do you need to farm multiple plots and what do these farms look like?
• What do multiple plot farming agreements look like?
• How can you finance your multiple plot farm?
• What kind of challenges might come up in a multiple plot farming setup?


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