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The Profitable Hobby Farm How to Build a Sustainable Local Foods Business

The Profitable Hobby Farm  How to Build a Sustainable Local Foods Business Author Sarah Beth Aubrey
ISBN-10 9781118495902
Release 2012-10-02
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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

Starting   Running Your Own Small Farm Business Author Sarah Beth Aubrey
ISBN-10 9781603429191
Release 2008-01-16
Pages 176
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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.



Hobby Farm

Hobby Farm Author Carol Ekarius
ISBN-10 9781937049454
Release 2012-01-03
Pages 272
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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.



The Organic Farmer s Business Handbook

The Organic Farmer s Business Handbook Author Richard Wiswall
ISBN-10 9781603582490
Release 2009-10-09
Pages 224
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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.



Making Your Small Farm Profitable

Making Your Small Farm Profitable Author Ron Macher
ISBN-10 9781603425353
Release 2010-11-18
Pages 288
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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.



Sustainable Market Farming

Sustainable Market Farming Author Pam Dawling
ISBN-10 9781550925128
Release 2013-01-25
Pages 456
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Growing for 100 - the complete year-round guide for the small-scale market grower.



Getting a Job in the Food Industry

Getting a Job in the Food Industry Author Rita L. Hubbard
ISBN-10 9781448896202
Release 2013-07-15
Pages 80
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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.



The Woman Hobby Farmer

The Woman Hobby Farmer Author Karen Lanier
ISBN-10 9781620082614
Release 2017-08-15
Pages 240
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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



Hobby Farming For Dummies

Hobby Farming For Dummies Author Theresa A. Husarik
ISBN-10 9781118052532
Release 2011-04-04
Pages 384
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Do you long for the country life? Hobby Farming For Dummies is a practical guide that will show you how to handle all the basics of small-scale farming, from growing healthy crops to raising livestock and managing your property. You'll see how to decide what to farm, provide shelter and utilities, select plants, and protect your investment. It's all you need to dig in and start growing! You’ll get a real idea of what it really means to jump from your current lifestyle to a life farming in the countryside. You’ll get the information you need to decide if the farming lifestyle is right for you and your personality. You’ll learn everything you need to know about property and how to access a power supply. You’ll get practical advice on which animals would work best for your farm and you’ll learn how to acquire them and what you need to know about caring for them properly. You’ll get help with all of the major decisions like whether you’re better off with subsistence farming or a more ambitious project. Find out how to: Make from change to a farm lifestyle Get along with your neighbors Find and buy rural properties Select and maintain equipment Raise and care for animals Use and preserve food items Avoid common farming pitfalls Choose plans for your farm Complete with lists of the ten unique opportunities for fun and the top ten misconceptions about farm living, Hobby Farming For Dummies will help you discover how you can live the simple life.



Market Farming Success

Market Farming Success Author Lynn Byczynski
ISBN-10 9781603583862
Release 2013
Pages 275
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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.



The Essential Guide to Hobby Farming

The Essential Guide to Hobby Farming Author Carol Ekarius
ISBN-10 9781620081440
Release 2015-03-24
Pages 304
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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



Small Scale Livestock Farming

Small Scale Livestock Farming Author Carol Ekarius
ISBN-10 9781603427340
Release 2010-11-10
Pages 192
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Full of practical everyday advice, this guide explains how a natural, organic approach to livestock farming produces healthy animals, reduces costs, and increases your operation’s self-sufficiency. Livestock expert Carol Ekarius helps you create a viable farm plan, choose suitable livestock, care for your animals’ health, and confidently manage housing, fencing, and feeding. Case studies of successful farmers provide inspiration as you learn everything you need to know to run a prosperous livestock farm and make the lifestyle of your dreams a reality.



The Market Gardener

The Market Gardener Author Jean-Martin Fortier
ISBN-10 9780865717657
Release 2014-03-04
Pages 224
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Grow better not bigger with proven low-tech, human-scale, biointensive farming methods



The Permaculture Market Garden

The Permaculture Market Garden Author Zach Loeks
ISBN-10 9781550926200
Release 2017-02-06
Pages 256
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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.



Find Grant Funding Now

Find Grant Funding Now Author Sarah Beth Aubrey
ISBN-10 9781118710401
Release 2013-12-11
Pages 256
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A practical, proven system for finding, applying for, and winning grants for your small business This year alone, there is at least $350 million worth of grant money available for small businesses. But plenty of small businesses will miss out on that money because they either don't know it's there or don't know how to get it. Written by a consultant who helps individuals, local governments, and nonprofits find and receive grant money, Find Grant Funding Now! provides proven, step-by-step guidance on applying for and win the grant money they need to succeed. Utilizing the simple five-step process that the author successfully uses for her own clients, this is virtually the only book on the market dedicated to helping small businesses get grants. It features a wealth of valuable resources and even a customized Grant Readiness Assessment Tool that helps entrepreneurs and small business owners make sure they're fully prepared before they file the paperwork. Includes a proven and effective Five-Step Prosperity Process for finding and landing grants Features sample forms, checklists, budgets, merit reviews, 30- and 60-day grant project management plans, and more Written by the founder of a full-service funding firm that helps entrepreneurs, communities, universities, trade associations, and cooperatives obtain grant funds from governments and foundations If you need cash to start or expand your small business, Find Grant Funding Now! offers a practical system that gets real results.



The Farm on the Roof

The Farm on the Roof Author Anastasia Cole Plakias
ISBN-10 9780698404113
Release 2016-04-05
Pages 304
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The founders of Brooklyn Grange, the world’s largest green rooftop farm, share their inspirational story of changing the world through entrepreneurship. In their effort to build the world’s first and largest commercial green rooftop farm, the founders of Brooklyn Grange learned a lot about building and sustaining a business while never losing sight of their mission—to serve their community by providing delicious organic food and changing the way people think about what they eat. But their story is about more than just farming. It serves as an inspirational and instructional guide for anyone looking to start a business that is successful while making a positive impact. In The Farm on the Roof, the team behind Brooklyn Grange tell the complete story of how their “farmily” made their dream a reality. Along the way, they share valuable lessons about finding the right partners, seeking funding, expanding, and identifying potential sources of revenue without compromising your core values—lessons any socially conscious entrepreneur can apply toward his or her own venture. Filled with colorful anecdotes about the ups and downs of farming in the middle of New York City, this story is not just about rooftop farming; it’s about utilizing whatever resources you have to turn your backyard idea into a sky-high success.



Championship Drive

Championship Drive Author Sarah Beth Aubrey
ISBN-10 9781483566849
Release 2016-03-28
Pages 224
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Selling ‘em high - a must to hang onto the farm. Winning a national show - a must to achieve her dreams. Falling for an older man with a questionable past - not part of the plan. Beautiful, feisty, Savannah Morgan always knew she’d take the reins at Morgan Cattle Company – someday. When tragedy forces her to drop everything and run the operation, she stubbornly steps up – and is quickly overwhelmed with the responsibility. Getting serious about raising cattle, Savannah must temper her unquenchable desire to win a national title with the need to bankroll a farm teetering on the edge of ruin. But, the farm is Savannah’s one true love, a realization that empowers her to walk out on the cruelty of Troy Howell. Yet, things with Troy turn dangerous when Savannah tries to break it off. Running from her troubles, Savannah and long time friend, Eddie Quiggly, head for a cattle show! Fun, yes, but, after a few wild nights Savannah would rather not repeat, she vows to buckle down and cowgirl up. Refocused, Savannah is resolute- showing and selling only. There is just one thing that sidetracks Savannah from getting everything she wants - one tall, cocky, and incredibly handsome thing. A man named Cade Champion.