34: Information for Getting Started

34: Information for Getting Started

There are numerous resources to help you learn how to grow or market-specific products. These are a few that have been verified for content. Reading and research are great, but if you want to start a farm, the best way is to learn from farmers who are already doing it!

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Cornell Small Farms ProgramContains a wealth of information about production, marketing, and business managementwww.smallfarms.cornell.edu

ATTRA (Appropriate Technology Transfer to Rural Areas)One of the best clearinghouses of information on sustainable agriculture in the country. ATTRA is committed to providing high value information and technical assistance to farmers, ranchers, Extension educators, and others involved in sustainable agriculture in the United States. www.attra.org

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eXtensionAn interactive learning environment that has information on agriculture production and business management issues. The information posted here represents the best information based upon researchers and educators across the country. New content is added regularly.http://www.extension.org/
Rodale Institute’s New Farm websiteCovers everything of interest to organic farmershttp://organicfarmersassociation.org/new-farm/


  • Building a Sustainable Business: A Guide to Developing a Business Plan for Farms and Rural Businesses
    Available online in PDF format form: http://www.sare.org/Learning-Center/Books/Building-a-Sustainable-Business
  • Starting an Ag Business? A Pre-Planning Guide by Steve Richards
    Available online in PDF format form: https://www.agmrc.org/media/cms/AgBizPrePlanningGuide_91D3019CA30CE.pdf
  • Farms with a Future: Creating and Growing a Sustainable Farm Business by Rebecca Thistlethwaite
    Lays out key lessons on starting and operating a successful farm business, based on the author’s experience and travels around the country interviewing farmers. Available from Chelsea Green Publishers.
  • The Organic Farmer’s Business Handbook by Richard Wiswall
    Contains excellent advice and a clear process for managing your farm for profit, also comes with a CD with template forms. Available from Chelsea Green Publishers

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