If your looking for ways to get more organized check out AgSquared, an online farm management program designed with small diversified farms in mind.
One of the case studies listed on the site is Eric Rozendaal’s Rockville Market Farm in Starksboro, VT.
A new online tool for beginning farmers!
The Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at the University of Missouri has developed an online tool to help farmers build projected budgets for their operations. The Farm Cost and Return Tool, or Farm CART, is at www.fapri.missouri.edu/projects.
“The tool allows beginning farmers and ranchers, not only in Missouri but all over the country, to play a what-if game on the Web,” said FAPRI economist Peter Zimmel. “They can develop a farm with how many acres they want, how many animals they want, and they can see what it will look like financially over the next five years.”\
Farms with a Future is Here! : Chelsea Green.
Check out this newly released farm business guide!
A message from the author, Rebecca Thistlethwaite:
New book by farmer and sustainability consultant Rebecca Thistlethwaite is out! “Farms With a Future: Creating and Growing a Sustainable Farm Business” by Chelsea Green Publishing was just released. Chock full of practical information for new and experienced farmers alike, Farms With a Future will help you create the triple-bottom-line farm that you wish for. Each chapter features a case study of an innovative farming model chosen from around the country that will inspire you, caution you, and give you food for thought.
Tomorrow, Friday, December 28th is the deadline to register for the upcoming Growing Places course. This UVM-Extension course will be taught online during the months of January & February, 2013.
Registration deadline: December 28, 2012, Cost: $135
Registration: Please use UVM’s online registration form.
For more information contact: Jessie Schmidt.
A bit about the course from UVM-Extension:
Get your enterprise off to the right start. Participants define goals, explore and evaluate opportunities and resources, and become familiar with state and federal agriculture programs.
Land for Good recently published two new full-service guides and two shorter pamphlets for private, municipal, and institutional landowners interested in leasing their land. They focus on helping “non-farming” owners and managers of agricultural properties bring their land into productive agricultural uses.
These guides cover subjects such as landowner’s and institutional goals, tax and legal considerations, insurance, easements, land stewardship, farmer-landowner relations, and elements of a good lease agreement. They include sample leases and a list of resources and service providers that can help with these land tenure issues. The flyer introduces private landowners to the concept of leasing land for farming. It can be distributed by organizations at workshops and to members, for example.
View the publications.