Farm Beginnings Classes offered in Wisconsin

The Land Stewardship Project’s Farm Beginnings program works to get more successful farmers on the land.   The Farm Beginnings course is a 12 month training that helps beginning farmers clarify their goals and strengths, develop a business plan, and start building their operation.  The course uses a mix of farmer- led classroom sessions, on-farm tours, […]

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Money & Markets:Working with your Lender

You don’t have to borrow money to start your business, but borrowing money can get you to your dream of a farm much faster than waiting to save up the necessary cash. That means you need to develop a good relationship with an agricultural lender. A relationship with your lender can be an important asset […]

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Money & Markets:Keeping Track and Moving Forward

Record keeping is one of those boring jobs that we need to train ourselves to do on any production setting. There is a large benefit to knowing what we have done and are we or are we not moving forward in our operations. There are many reasons that we want to keep records. The first […]

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Money & Markets: Marketing the Holiday Goodies

As Fall is rolling around the corner, we may have some traditional holiday items for sale.  Examples are the pumpkins at Halloween or a Thanksgiving turkey. Perhaps you just have some home raised produce or crafts that you would like to market. Well, here are a few helpful hints to get the most out of […]

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Money & Markets: Developing Your Farm’s Marketing Plan

One of the challenges that direct marketing farmers face is determining the target market. What does your customer look like?  Where do they live? And probably most importantly and the most difficult to answer is… What do they want? While there are examples of “If you grow it, they will come”, most farmers have to […]

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Building a Sustainable Business

Building a sustainable business takes hard work, dedication, and planning.  “Building a Sustainable Business: A Guide to Developing a Business Plan for Farms and Rural Businesses” is a helpful resource on developing your farm business plan available in English and Spanish.  This book was developed by the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture to help guide the […]

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