For New Farmers
You have made the decision to put in a commercial orchard, start a flower farm or begin a market vegetable operation. Congratulations, you are about to become a small-scale grower! But where do you start?!
As a new grower, you have numerous decisions to make before you even plant a crop: how much time, money and property to invest in your enterprise; what to grow; how much to grow; how, where and to whom you will market your crop; what kind of cropping management techniques you will use; and a host of others. If you are a newcomer to the agricultural world, it can be difficult to navigate the maze of regulations and organizations that you need to understand in order to succeed as a commercial grower.
That said, there are some really great resources out there to help you along the way, and we hope to be able to point you in the right direction.This website is intended to help you find your way to success.
A great place to start is our rough and ready guide to starting your agricultural enterprise:
For links to more information:
Beginning Farm Planning
The handouts cover a variety of topics, from Economics to Farmers Markets and Marketing Strategies.
Marketing*Visit our Marketing Resources page for a more extensive list of marketing tools.
Business & Financial Resources*Visit our Farm Business Planning page for a more extensive list of resources.
Land Access & Acquisition*Visit our Land Acquisition and Protection page for more information.