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

View: 7232

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.

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: 1603429190

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 176

View: 3138

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

View: 6659

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.

Hobby Farm

Living Your Rural Dream For Pleasure And Profit

Author: Carol Ekarius

Publisher: i5 Publishing

ISBN: 1937049450

Category: Gardening

Page: 272

View: 4275

This beautiful book offers an intimate look at life on a hobby farm. From finding a farm to creating a business, to choosing what to plant to canning fruits, Hobby Farm will teach readers how to reap the benefits of rustic life with sound guidance.

Pay Dirt

How To Make $10,000 a Year From Your Backyard Garden

Author: John Tullock

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1440512833

Category: Gardening

Page: 240

View: 6226

There's gold to be dug in backyard gardens! But to turn dirt into dough, amateur farmers need some business tips. In the face of rising food prices and food poisoning scares, people want locally grown food, giving small gardeners the chance to turn a profit—a healthy, green (not to mention good-for-you) profit. In this practical, step-by-step guide, you will learn how to: Sell overstock to local restaurants Participate in farmer's markets Grow cut flowers to sell Package your produce attractively Keep honey bees, chickens, and other alternative produce Packed full of gardening, marketing, and selling tips and tricks, this book shows you how to develop your own small plots of land (less than an acre) into a money-making resource. A good garden is full of greenbacks!

The Joy of Hobby Farming

Grow Food, Raise Animals, and Enjoy a Sustainable Life

Author: Audrey Levatino,Michael Levatino

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1634508742

Category: Nature

Page: 264

View: 9208

When the farm is a lifestyle, but not quite a way to earn a living, it’s considered hobby farming. Most of us want to live a sustainable and healthy life in which we protect the environment and keep it safe from development and overproduction. But we can take this a step further by learning how to grow our own produce, while still maintaining an alternative, successful career to fund this passion. In this back to basics guide, Michael and Audrey Levatino share how to: Grow your own food Raise chickens, horses, llamas, bees, and more Practice being (a little) off the grid Sell the bounty in your local community Balance a professional career with a rural lifestyle The Joy of Hobby Farming is a guide that will excite armchair farmers and inspire any do-it-yourselfer. While this book won’t help you become a farmer by trade, it does provide step-by-step instructions and various tips and tricks to maintain a thriving farm. It will surely teach those who aren’t farmers by day to raise their own livestock, plant their own fruits and vegetables, and live out their countryside dream.

Sustainable Market Farming

Intensive Vegetable Production on a Few Acres

Author: Pam Dawling

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 1550925121

Category: Gardening

Page: 456

View: 1177

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

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

View: 9010

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 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: 6237

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.

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

View: 7101

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 Essential Guide to Hobby Farming

The How-To Manual for Creating a Hobby Farm

Author: Carol Ekarius

Publisher: i5 Publishing

ISBN: 162008144X

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 304

View: 8012

Six containers of heirloom tomatoes, miniature squashes, and herbs on your back patio or six acres of beets, cabbages, and strawberries? Five chickens and a honey bee hive or a small farm with three dozen sheep and a couple of quarter horses? Regardless of the size of your “field of dreams,” Essential Guide to Hobby Farming is your best first step to making that hobby-farm aspiration a pleasurable and profitable reality. A hobby farmer for the past thirty years, Carol Ekarius shares the joys, challenges, and rewards of living the rural life. Hobby farming is as much a state of mind as it is an address in the country, and this instructive, beautifully photographed manual addresses every topic beginning hobby farmers need to know, from purchasing the right land and equipment to choosing and maintaining crops and livestock to marketing and selling your hobby farm’s yield. TOPICS DISCUSSED INSIDE: -Assessing finances and resources—land, water, tools of the trade (trucks, tractors, various implements) -Choosing the best crops for your land, climate, hardiness, and profitability -Selecting and caring for the livestock—chickens, goats, cows, sheep, etc.—that best fits your hobby farm -Protecting crops and livestock against predators, pests, and disease -Business and marketing options for selling your “local food” directly to restaurants and farmers’ markets and through CSA programs -Preserving the harvest, through canning, drying, and freezing, plus over two dozen original recipes for your homegrown produce NEW FOR THE SECOND EDITION: Expanded section on chickens, including urban and suburban accommodations; honey bee keeping; adding a barn or annex building to the farm; trends in planting, including miniature vegetables, heirloom varieties, and “hot” new vegetables and hybrids; adding flower beds to the property; getting involved with a CSA

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

View: 9677

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.

Getting a Job in the Food Industry

Author: Rita Lorraine Hubbard

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc

ISBN: 1448896207

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 80

View: 1208

People are becoming more interested in food, thanks to TV shows like Top Chef and Chopped and celebrity chefs like Gordon Ramsey and Mario Batali. Luckily, that means an increase in jobs in the food industry. This guide to landing a great job in the food industry covers all career possibilities, including food preparation and farming. It provides several great tips on crafting the perfect resume and how to dress for an interview, and includes other important strategies aimed at landing that essential job.

Hobby Farm Animals

A Comprehensive Guide to Raising Chickens, Ducks, Rabbits, Goats, Pigs, Sheep, and Cattle

Author: Sue Weaver,Ann Larkin Hansen,Cherie Langlois,Arie Mcfarlen,Chris McLaughlin

Publisher: i5 Publishing

ISBN: 1620081865

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 384

View: 3270

Eggs, meat, milk, wool, fur, feathers, and some priceless bucolic bliss. No hobby farm is complete without critters…possibly a small herd peppering the field or a microflock flapping around the hen house or pond. A single information-packed volume with everything a hobby farmer needs to know about farm animals, this new comprehensive manual to selecting, caring for, and breeding livestock brings forth the expertise of six hobby farmers, each of whom has real-life on-the-farm experience with the animals she discusses. Whether you’re contemplating adding a small herd of sheep or goats to your existing hobby farm or you’ve always wondered about the benefits of raising angora rabbits or Muscovy ducks, Livestock for Your Hobby Farm provides the kind of guidance you need to begin a herd or flock and expand your pens and fencing. With exhaustive detail, the authors offer complete coverage of chickens, ducks, goats, sheep, cattle, pigs, and rabbits, including the housing, health-care, special needs, advantages and challenges of each. -Extensive sections devoted to the seven major farm animals, including profiles of the most popular breeds and varieties -Detailed how-to chapters on the care, handling, feeding, health, and safety of each animal -Special chapters devoted to the breeding and raising of young animals -Recommendations for ways of capitalizing on your livestock’s output, from selling eggs, milk, fiber, and so forth -Tips for troubleshooting potential problems and warding off diseases, parasites, and predators

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: 1033

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 Urban Farmer

Growing Food for Profit on Leased and Borrowed Land

Author: Curtis Stone

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 1771421916

Category: Gardening

Page: 288

View: 8854

There are twenty million acres of lawns in North America. In their current form, these unproductive expanses of grass represent a significant financial and environmental cost. However, viewed through a different lens, they can also be seen as a tremendous source of opportunity. Access to land is a major barrier for many people who want to enter the agricultural sector, and urban and suburban yards have huge potential for would-be farmers wanting to become part of this growing movement. The Urban Farmer is a comprehensive, hands-on, practical manual to help you learn the techniques and business strategies you need to make a good living growing high-yield, high-value crops right in your own backyard (or someone else's). Major benefits include: Low capital investment and overhead costs Reduced need for expensive infrastructure Easy access to markets Growing food in the city means that fresh crops may travel only a few blocks from field to table, making this innovative approach the next logical step in the local food movement. Based on a scalable, easily reproduced business model, The Urban Farmer is your complete guide to minimizing risk and maximizing profit by using intensive production in small leased or borrowed spaces. Curtis Stone is the owner/operator of Green City Acres, a commercial urban farm growing vegetables for farmers markets, restaurants, and retail outlets. During his slower months, Curtis works as a public speaker, teacher, and consultant, sharing his story to inspire a new generation of farmers.

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: 4786

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.

Careers for Tech Girls in Science

Author: Rebecca T. Klein

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc

ISBN: 1499461046

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 80

View: 6644

A shortage of women in various fields of the sciences persists, due in large part to social conditioning, lack of support, and outright prejudice. Increasing the visibility and success of female scientists is key to breaking down these outdated stereotypes. Young women with an interest in science will find vital information about internships, careers, resources, and support networks to help them achieve their goals. Female role models in medicine, zoology, ecology, astronomy, and more are profiled. Readers who have a natural curiosity about the world around them will be inspired to make a difference by pursuing a career in the sciences.

The Permaculture Market Garden

A Visual Guide to a Profitable Whole-systems Farm Business

Author: Zach Loeks

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 1550926209

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 256

View: 8038

Author Zach Loeks brings together his passion for sustainable permaculture food production systems and beautiful, vibrant illustrations to provide a highly visual guide to the smooth integration of permaculture into the market garden, without use of major equipment or operation changes. Profiling crops and ecosystem-based systems, Loeks demonstrates a profitable, sustainable and approachable model for the future of market gardening.

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: 9163

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.