Business Planning

Find quick answers about planning your farm business.

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Written by Halle Brake and Amy Storey

What is Crowdfunding? How does it work?

Crowdfunding is a collaborative method of raising capital that results in a mutually beneficial outcome for both the donor and manager.
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Written by Halle Brake
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How do you project farm revenue when planning your farm?

Ask yourself several questions and combine the answer to project farm revenue.
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What should you do before starting a CSA?

You should be producing before starting a CSA.
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What are the possible reasons to NOT grow for restaurants in commercial hydroponics?

Seasonality aspects of your business can affect your ability to sell to restaurants.
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What marketing materials does your Upstart Farm need?

6 essential marketing materials for Upstart Farms.
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Is monocropping rewarding or risky?

Total crop loss is a risk of monocropping.
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What do new farmers forget about?

New farmers forget that farming is a learning curve.
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What's the biggest mistake people make designing an aquaponic farm?

Designing an unusable farm is the biggest mistake people make designing an aquaponic farm.
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What kind of insurance do you need for your farm?

Farms should carry a general liability or umbrella policy on their farm.
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How long does it take to to build a farm?

To build a farm you must determine your timeline.
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What's the biggest undervalued greenhouse cost?

Sunlight is the most undervalued greenhouse cost.
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What do you need to serve free samples?

You'll need a temporary food stand permit to serve free samples.
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What are some tips for becoming a successful farmer?

A tip for becoming a successful farmer is to start with what you love.
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When will your farm hit its' break-even point (or pay itself off)?

A huge factor (arguably the most important) is time to when your farm will hit its' break-even point.
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Does the structure of a greenhouse effect heating or cooling?

If you're planning a greenhouse, then you know how much climate will impact the heating and cooling of your greenhouse.
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What are zoning regulations and how do they effect urban farms?

Zoning, a land-use planning system used by cities and counties, plays an important role in siting a farm.
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How do you calculate farm expenses when planning your farm?

Upfront and ongoing expenses are used to calculate farm expenses.
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What is hydroponics?

Hydroponics is simply the production of crops without soil.
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What are recirculating & flow to waste hydroponics?

They are the two major forms of hydroponic production systems
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Planning Your Farm: Projecting Farm Revenue

To budget a farm and forecast costs and profits, farmers need to project farm revenue. Here are the steps to this farm planning task.
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Written by Amy Storey
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How to Apply for the USDA Microloan as an Upstart Farmer

Funding can be tough, but some small loans are designed to help small farm start up. Here's some info on applying for the USDA's microloan.
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How do I calculate the expenses or costs of my farm?

Farm budgeting and financial planning require expense projections. Here are the steps to estimating costs.
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Should I get insurance, and what should it cover?

Farmers need insurance that covers their product liability and farm assets.
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Written by Amy Storey
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How do I estimate my farm building timeline?

Your farm timeline depends on property, funding, and education. Most farms take from 3 months to several years to get started.
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Written by Amy Storey
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When will my farm break even?

A break-even point number is the length of time it takes your total revenue to equal your total costs. Here's how to calculate it.
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Written by Amy Storey
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What is The Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act?

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What are the benefits of crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding is a funding method used by more and more modern farmers. Here's why farmers are choosing to finance their farms this way.
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Written by Amy Storey
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