Local Food: Business Issues

Local Food: Business Issues

Local Food: Business Issues

Farm to Table: Building Local and Regional Food Systems

Learn how to successfully plan for your food business. In-depth information on business-related topics, including resources for beginning farmers, will help you improve your new or existing business plans.

Beginning Farmers | Capital and Finance | Land Access and Suitability | Planning Your Business

Local Food: Business Issues: Beginning Farmers

Agripreneur Training Program Materials

 

Materials developed to train Latino immigrants interested in starting a free-range poultry business. Incluye el currículo en español.

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Begin Farming Ohio

 

This website makes it easy for Ohio’s beginning farmers to find valuable services and resources.

A Guide for Hawai’i’s Farmers

 

This guide was developed to assist new farmers in tropical small-island settings.

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How to Begin Your Small Farm Dream

 

This plain language guide is for people who want to start a small farm. It covers skills you need to start a small farm; risks and rewards of farm ownership; financial resources; creating a business plan; and marketing.

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How-to-Guide for Aspiring Urban Micro-Agricultural Entrepreneurs

 

Created for city residents who want to increase their access to fresh, healthy and affordable food. 

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Internship Curriculum for Food Farmers in the North Central Region

 

With support from an NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher Grant, Betrand Farm developed 24 educational PowerPoint modules that can serve as an internship curriculum for food farmers in the North Central region.

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Resources for Vermont's Beginning Farmers

 

This website provides new and beginning farmers in Vermont with information to help them succeed.

Youth Renewing the Countryside

 

This full-color book profiles 50 inspiring young people—one from every state—who are revitalizing rural America with new enterprises.

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Additional Resources

The following resources, which were not funded or produced by SARE, contain valuable information.

Beginning Farmers (a collection of ATTRA resources)

BeginningFarmers.org (a compilation of online information resources)

New Farmers(a one-stop shop of information on USDA programs)

Start2Farm.gov (resources for beginning farmers by the National Agricultural Library, USDA)

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Local Food: Business Issues: Capital and Finance

Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities

 

This guide lists funding opportunities offered by federal programs, and is indispensable for anyone seeking government help to foster their innovative enterprise in forestry and agriculture. 

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Case Studies on Setting Up Microloans

 

Information for lenders financing new and expanding farm businesses with limited access to capital.

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Financing the Farm: Applying for an FSA Loan

 

This plain language guide has information on the types of FSA loans available, and includes instructions for applying and developing a business plan.

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Guide to Financing Community Supported Farms

 

This guide outlines alternative, local funding sources that farmers can use to finance their farm business,

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Additional Resources

The following resources, which were not funded or produced by SARE, contain valuable information.

Farm Financial Planning (practical information and links to resources, from the Center for Rural Affairs)

Trainers' Resource Guide (curricula and resources for teaching financial and business skills to producers)

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Local Food: Business Issues: Land Access and Suitability

Farmland ConneCTions

 

A guide for towns, institutions, and land trusts using or leasing farmland.

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Additional Resources

The following resources, which were not funded or produced by SARE, contain valuable information.

Finding Land to Farm: Six Ways to Secure Farmland (an ATTRA publication)

State, regional and national land linking programs (a list maintained by the Center for Rural Affairs)

Tools for Finding and Assessing Farmland (New Entry Sustainable Farming Project webinar)

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Local Food: Business Issues: Planning Your Business

Building a Sustainable Business

 

Bringing the business planning process alive, Building a Sustainable Business: A Guide to Developing a Business Plan for Farms and Rural Businesses helps today's alternative and sustainable agriculture entrepreneurs transform farm-grown inspiration into profitable enterprises. Incluye una versión abreviada en español.

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National Continuing Education Program

 

This program is designed for Cooperative Extension and Natural Resource Conservation Service personnel, and is also open to farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural professionals nationwide. It emphasizes core concepts and a basic understanding of sustainable agriculture, its goals and its relevance to every farming and ranching operation—large or small.

The core of the national continuing education program is a series of three online courses. Take them now.

Food for Profit On-line Training Course

 

Training for future entrepreneurs on planning a feasible, marketable and profitable food business.

Managing Risks on the Small Farm

 

This plain language guide explains the five types of risk—production, marketing, worker, legal and financial—and provides worksheets.

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Organic Transition

 

The profit potential of transitioning to organic production—along with other rewards—has farmers, ranchers and food business owners across the country considering the switch. But successfully managing your business through the multi-year transition process requires careful planning. Use Organic Transition: A Business Planner for Farmers, Ranchers and Food Entrepreneurs to develop an actionable business transition plan that is suitable for yourself, your management team or a lender.

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Additional Resources

The following resources, which were not funded or produced by SARE, contain valuable information.

Business Planning and Management (a collection of ATTRA publications)

Farm Business and Financial Planning Resources (templates and external resources from The Carrot Project)

Farm Commons webinars (resources to help farmers navigate legal issues)

Trainers' Resource Guide (curricula and resources for teaching financial and business skills to producers)

Urban Farm Business Plan Handbook (US Environmental Protection Agency) 

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Product specs
Format: Topic Rooms
Year: 2013

FEATURED VIDEO

How-To Guide For Aspiring Urban Micro-Agricultural Entrepreneurs

 

The How-to-Guide for Aspiring Urban Micro-Agricultural Entrepreneurs includes a guide that equips anyone interested in urban farming with the information they need to reclaim vacant lots in the city and build a for-profit urban farm.

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Interested in using high tunnels and other season extension techniques to increase local food sales?

Check out the High Tunnels and Other Season Extension Techniques Topic Room.

Are you an ag educator or farmer interested in sharing a SARE Topic Room at an event? Consider using this one-page flyer (PDF) or the four-page topic brief, Building Local and Regional Food Systems.

Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food is a USDA-wide effort to share information about grants, loans, tools, resources and stories related to local and regional food systems.