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


Author: Sarah Beth Aubrey
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 111849590X
Category: Technology & Engineering
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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

Small-Farm Success Stories * Financial Assistance Sources * Marketing & Selling Ideas * Business Plan Forms & Documents
Author: Sarah Beth Aubrey
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 1580176976
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 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.

Making Your Small Farm Profitable

Apply 25 Guiding Principles, Develop New Crops & New Markets, Maximize Net Profits per Acre
Author: Ron Macher
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 1603425357
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 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.

Hobby Farm

Living Your Rural Dream For Pleasure And Profit
Author: Carol Ekarius
Publisher: i5 Publishing
ISBN: 1937049450
Category: Gardening
Page: 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.

Pay Dirt

How To Make $10,000 a Year From Your Backyard Garden
Author: John Tullock
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1440512833
Category: Gardening
Page: 240
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There's gold to be dug in backyard gardens! But to turn dirt into dough, amateur farmers need some business tips. In the face of rising food prices and food poisoning scares, people want locally grown food, giving small gardeners the chance to turn a profit—a healthy, green (not to mention good-for-you) profit. In this practical, step-by-step guide, you will learn how to: Sell overstock to local restaurants Participate in farmer's markets Grow cut flowers to sell Package your produce attractively Keep honey bees, chickens, and other alternative produce Packed full of gardening, marketing, and selling tips and tricks, this book shows you how to develop your own small plots of land (less than an acre) into a money-making resource. A good garden is full of greenbacks!

The Woman Hobby Farmer

Female Guidance for Growing Food, Raising Livestock, and Building a Farm-Based Business
Author: Karen Lanier
Publisher: i5 Publishing LLC
ISBN: 1620082616
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 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

Sustainable Market Farming

Intensive Vegetable Production on a Few Acres
Author: Pam Dawling
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 1550925121
Category: Gardening
Page: 456
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Growing for 100 - the complete year-round guide for the small-scale market grower.

The Essential Guide to Hobby Farming

The How-To Manual for Creating a Hobby Farm
Author: Carol Ekarius
Publisher: i5 Publishing
ISBN: 162008144X
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 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

The Farmer's Office

Tools, Tips and Templates to Successfully Manage a Growing Farm Business
Author: Julia Shanks
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 1550926101
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 272
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Starting and running a farm makes one into both a farmer and an entrepreneur, and to be ecologically and financially sustainable, farmers must understand basic accounting and bookkeeping in order to manage their growing business. The Farmer’s Office gives farmers the tools they need to think like an entrepreneur and thoughtfully manage their business for success.

Backyard Market Gardening

The Entrepreneur's Guide to Selling what You Grow
Author: Andrew W. Lee
Publisher: Good Earth Pub
ISBN: 9780962464805
Category: Gardening
Page: 351
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This is the classic flagship book on farmers? markets and market gardens by best selling authors Andy Lee and Patricia Foreman. The greatest opportunities can sometimes be found in our own backyards. This is true for the small-scale farmer/gardener who dreams of selling the fruits of theirlabors to an appreciative public. Discover how easy and profitable it is to grow and sell vegetables, fruits, flower, herbs and small livestock from your backyard market garden. Make Money at Home! This inspirational, dirt-under-the-fingernails book with its earthy humor, has helped inspire "the gardener next door" to grow food not only for themselves, but others aswell and make money while doing what they love. The authors have put over 30 years of vegetable growing and small business experience into this handbook for beginning and experienced agricultural entrepreneurs. A complete guide to business management and marketing for the small scale vegetable grower. Contains a wealth of information on budgets, crop planning, direct marketing, roadside & farm stands, food cooperatives, caterers, mail order, restaurants, pick your own, wholesale distributors, producers' cooperatives, and subscription marketing services such as clientele membership clubs, community supported farms, and home deliveries. Covers innovative and appropriately scaled equipment for the greenhouses and fields, labor requirements and training methods, locating and improving land for growing and retailing sites, and gives a very strong argument for the economic and ecologic benefits of organic and sustainable growing methods. Updated resources, information on direct marketing sales, get your own cyber farm stand, new tools and cool deals at: www.BackyardMarketGarden.com.

Getting a Job in the Food Industry


Author: Rita Lorraine Hubbard
Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
ISBN: 1448896207
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 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.

Bioshelter Market Garden

A Permaculture Farm
Author: Darrell Frey
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 1550924575
Category: Architecture
Page: 489
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The heart of a sustainable food system.

Market Farming Success

The Business of Growing and Selling Local Food
Author: Lynn Byczynski
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 1603583866
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 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.

Farmers Markets

A Guide to Small Scale Business and Entrepreneurship
Author: William Hood English
Publisher: Blue Creek Publishing
ISBN: 9780692512982
Category: Farm produce
Page: 120
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In his new book ... author Bill English uses his business and counseling experience to provide a guide of helpful hints and counsel for the novice as well as the current Farmers Market vendor, to enable the small business man/woman to have the best opportunity to succeed. Within these pages, you will find nuggets of great information that will help you with your business venture. This book is meant to be a quick read, organized to help you set up a new business or improve an existing business. Those who want to expand their business beyond the single Farmers Market, will find information to encourage entrepreneurship to operate many other Farmers Markets booths as well as expand into the wholesale arena selling into local, regional, state and national outlets.

Careers for Tech Girls in Science


Author: Rebecca T. Klein
Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
ISBN: 1499461046
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 80
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A shortage of women in various fields of the sciences persists, due in large part to social conditioning, lack of support, and outright prejudice. Increasing the visibility and success of female scientists is key to breaking down these outdated stereotypes. Young women with an interest in science will find vital information about internships, careers, resources, and support networks to help them achieve their goals. Female role models in medicine, zoology, ecology, astronomy, and more are profiled. Readers who have a natural curiosity about the world around them will be inspired to make a difference by pursuing a career in the sciences.

Hobby Farm Animals

A Comprehensive Guide to Raising Chickens, Ducks, Rabbits, Goats, Pigs, Sheep, and Cattle
Author: Sue Weaver,Ann Larkin Hansen,Cherie Langlois,Arie Mcfarlen,Chris McLaughlin
Publisher: i5 Publishing
ISBN: 1620081865
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 384
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Eggs, meat, milk, wool, fur, feathers, and some priceless bucolic bliss. No hobby farm is complete without critters…possibly a small herd peppering the field or a microflock flapping around the hen house or pond. A single information-packed volume with everything a hobby farmer needs to know about farm animals, this new comprehensive manual to selecting, caring for, and breeding livestock brings forth the expertise of six hobby farmers, each of whom has real-life on-the-farm experience with the animals she discusses. Whether you’re contemplating adding a small herd of sheep or goats to your existing hobby farm or you’ve always wondered about the benefits of raising angora rabbits or Muscovy ducks, Livestock for Your Hobby Farm provides the kind of guidance you need to begin a herd or flock and expand your pens and fencing. With exhaustive detail, the authors offer complete coverage of chickens, ducks, goats, sheep, cattle, pigs, and rabbits, including the housing, health-care, special needs, advantages and challenges of each. -Extensive sections devoted to the seven major farm animals, including profiles of the most popular breeds and varieties -Detailed how-to chapters on the care, handling, feeding, health, and safety of each animal -Special chapters devoted to the breeding and raising of young animals -Recommendations for ways of capitalizing on your livestock’s output, from selling eggs, milk, fiber, and so forth -Tips for troubleshooting potential problems and warding off diseases, parasites, and predators

The New Organic Grower

A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener, 2nd Edition
Author: Eliot Coleman
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 160358014X
Category: Gardening
Page: 340
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With more than 45,000 sold since 1989, The New Organic Grower has become a modern classic. In this newly revised and expanded edition, master grower Eliot Coleman continues to present the simplest and most sustainable ways of growing top-quality organic vegetables. Coleman updates practical information on marketing the harvest, on small-scale equipment, and on farming and gardening for the long-term health of the soil. The new book is thoroughly updated, and includes all-new chapters such as: Farm-Generated Fertility—how to meet your soil-fertility needs from the resources of your own land, even if manure is not available. The Moveable Feast—how to construct home-garden and commercial-scale greenhouses that can be easily moved to benefit plants and avoid insect and disease build-up. The Winter Garden—how to plant, harvest, and sell hardy salad crops all winter long from unheated or minimally heated greenhouses. Pests—how to find "plant-positive" rather than "pest-negative" solutions by growing healthy, naturally resistant plants. The Information Resource—how and where to learn what you need to know to grow delicious organic vegetables, no matter where you live. Written for the serious gardener or small market farmer, The New Organic Grower proves that, in terms of both efficiency and profitability, smaller can be better.

The Urban Farmer

Growing Food for Profit on Leased and Borrowed Land
Author: Curtis Stone
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 1771421916
Category: Gardening
Page: 288
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There are twenty million acres of lawns in North America. In their current form, these unproductive expanses of grass represent a significant financial and environmental cost. However, viewed through a different lens, they can also be seen as a tremendous source of opportunity. Access to land is a major barrier for many people who want to enter the agricultural sector, and urban and suburban yards have huge potential for would-be farmers wanting to become part of this growing movement. The Urban Farmer is a comprehensive, hands-on, practical manual to help you learn the techniques and business strategies you need to make a good living growing high-yield, high-value crops right in your own backyard (or someone else's). Major benefits include: Low capital investment and overhead costs Reduced need for expensive infrastructure Easy access to markets Growing food in the city means that fresh crops may travel only a few blocks from field to table, making this innovative approach the next logical step in the local food movement. Based on a scalable, easily reproduced business model, The Urban Farmer is your complete guide to minimizing risk and maximizing profit by using intensive production in small leased or borrowed spaces. Curtis Stone is the owner/operator of Green City Acres, a commercial urban farm growing vegetables for farmers markets, restaurants, and retail outlets. During his slower months, Curtis works as a public speaker, teacher, and consultant, sharing his story to inspire a new generation of farmers.

Homesteading for Beginners

How to Build a Profitable Homestead Backyard Farm and Make Money from Urban Farming
Author: William Walsworth
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781530116751
Category: Self-reliant living
Page: 82
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The ultimate beginner's guide to starting a profitable homestead! This book contains valuable ideas that allow you to become a completely self-sufficient and profitable homesteader. Learn today how to make money from homesteading and build your own local urban farm... In this book you will learn how to start your homesteading operation and turn it into a profitable small business operation. This beginner's guide will introduce you to the possibilities of becoming self-sufficient using your own backyard farm land as a resource. You will learn: Essential skills to begin your homesteading plan Required resources for building your homestead Ideas on valuable cash crops that only few people consider Out of the box ideas to make your homestead profitable long-term Important do's and don'ts when starting your business operation If you have been thinking about growing your homestead and wanted to learn the basics on how to turn your operation into something that makes you long-term passive income, this is the book for you. Having your own urban farm, producing your own delicious fruits and vegetables and running your urban farm from your own backyard, allows you to become self-sufficient and live on your own terms. Using the information in this book, you will soon be equipped with enough knowledge to run your urban mini backyard farm and become a real homesteader! Discover the world of the self-sufficient urban farmer... Small-scale homesteads allow for the production of high-quality products that promote healthy living. With sustainable local homesteads becoming increasingly popular, more and more people turn from being a hobby gardener into a real homesteader, each with their own profitable 'farmstead'. How amazing is it to be able to earn money on your own land, make people happy with fresh, locally produced organic products, as well as living healthy and in harmony with nature? Running your homestead can sometimes be a challenge, but the benefits of fresh and locally produced products will likely outweigh the downsides of building a backyard farm. Many people have taken the plunge and decided to learn about homesteading already, so what are you waiting for? Give it a try! Scroll to the top of the page and click " ADD TO CART " to start your homesteading adventure. Learn about these topics and start discovering some great homesteading money-making secrets... How to get your produce on local markets Leverage your selling power by growing a farmer's community Essential upgrades and maintenance requirements for your homestead How to easily get into new exciting markets with high demand How to apply diversitfication in your homestead that allows you to think outside the box Not only homesteaders will benefit from this book. If you are into prepping (if SHTF), want to become self-reliant, or want to gather knowledge on living off the grid, this book can be a great resource and help you towards your goals. Even better, it will teach you to make money in the process as well! Anyone considering themselves preppers, minimalists, living off the grid, or is simply looking to learn about gardening, do not hesitate to learn about homesteading, because it will be an invaluable skill to have.