Business & Marketing Fact Sheets:
From the Organic Broadcaster:
March | April 2014
There are some simple equations you can run to tease out the financial implications of any purchase. Read more here.
Ten Tune-Up Tips for Your Farm Business
By Paul Dietmann
While the work on a farm never ends, most farmers have a stretch of “not-quite-so-busy” time between fall harvest and spring planting when things ease up a bit. Read more here.
Buyers and Producers: From Both Sides of the Fence
By Dani Lind
“There’s no relationship more intimate than the one between eaters and the food they eat.” Read more here.
Is it Time to Reevaluate your Business Structure?
By Rachel Armstrong
Chances are, your farm is organized as a sole proprietorship, just like 94% of all farms surveyed in 2007. Read more here.
New Farmers Find Loan Support From ‘Old’ Source
By Lisa Kivirist
While beginning farmers make up the heart of the growth in organic and sustainable agriculture, a big hurdle to launching these operations remains lack of capital. Read more here. __________________________________________________________________________
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Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF) The FTCLDF protects the rights of the nation’s family farms, artisan food producers, consumers and affiliate communities to engage in direct commerce free of harassment by federal, state and local government interference; it protects the rights of farmers and artisanal producers to make their products available and the rights of consumers to access the foods of their choice from the source of their choice. Learn more on their website.