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Business Planning

"Market Gardening: A Start-Up Guide" Business planning and start-up issues for aspiring market gardeners.

Enterprise Budget Analysis (Adobe Reader required) - Introduction to enterprise budgets.

"Building A Sustainable Business: A Guide to Developing a Business Plan for Farms and Rural Businesses" Text and worksheets to help create a business plan. Available from the NESFI Bookstore

Planning the Financial/Organizational Structure of Farms and Agribusiness Firms: What Are the Options? Boehlje, Michael, and David Lins. Midwest Plan Service, Iowa State University, 1998. Comparison of farm organizational structures.

"Sustainable Vegetable Production from Start-Up to Market" Production manuals with information on marketing, grower profiles and sample enterprise budgets. Of use to both beginning and more advanced growers. Available from the NESFI Bookstore.

"Farming Alternatives: A Guide to Evaluating the Feasibility of New Farm-Based Enterprises" User-friendly overview of enterprise selection and business planning. Written for established farms that are considering adding a new enterprise, but of use to beginning farmers as well. Available from the NESFI Bookstore.

"Preparing a Business Plan, Guide for Agricultural Producers: Direct Marketing Example" Sample business plan for direct-marketed vegetables with blank worksheets. Many other sample business plans also on website.

"The Legal Guide for Direct Farm Marketing" Covers liability, regulations, labor law, processed foods and meat marketing issues for farm stands, farmers' markets, CSAs and other direct marketing strategies. Available from the NESFI Bookstore.

"Acquiring and Managing Resources for the Farm Business" Resource on land tenure, equipment management and personnel planning management. Available from the NESFI Bookstore.

Risk Management & Safety Issues

National Agriculture Safety Database - Online resource featuring information on agricultural safety issues.

"Risk Assessment for the Small-Scale Farm" (Adobe Reader required)

How Risk Tolerant Are You? (Adobe Reader required) - This risk-tolerance self-assessment tool has been very popular with Explorer class participants.

"The Legal Guide for Direct Farm Marketing" Covers liability, regulations, labor law, processed foods and meat marketing issues for farm stands, farmers' markets, CSAs and other direct marketing strategies. Available from the NESFI Bookstore.