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This essential guide leads aspiring and beginning farmers through the business aspects of starting, growing, and maintaining a successful farming enterprise, from goal-setting and thinking like an entrepreneur to selecting equipment, evaluating markets, managing financials, farming with natural systems, and dealing with the day-to-day challenges of operation.
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Build a Complete Plan for Your Small Farm Based on the acclaimed curriculum from the Center for Small Farms & Community Food Systems, this guidebook provides a complete program for starting, growing, and maintaining a farm business. Drawings on the experience and insights of 12 contributing authors and 16 farmers from across North America, it offers a holistic apporach to farm management, addressing the interconnected elements of the farm system and emphasizing sustainable, organic methods. Rural and urban enterprisers alike will learn about: - Strategic planning - Farm infrastructure, labor, and energy - Markets and marketing - Business management for the farm - Managing the whole farm ecosystem - Entrepreneurship and family business dynamics.