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Farms with a Future: Creating and Growing a Sustainable Farm Business
What makes a farm sustainable and successful? And what special qualities and skills are needed for someone to become a successful farmer?Rebecca Thistlethwaite addresses these and other crucial questions in this uniquely important book, which is a must-read for anyone who aspires to get into farming, or who wants to make their farm business more dynamic, profitable, and, a ...more
Paperback, 283 pages
Published January 10th 2013 by Chelsea Green Publishing Company
(first published November 30th 2012)
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This book was sent to me to review this summer, and I knew then that it would be something special. The author learned many of her farming lessons the hard way, then chose to take some time off to learn from sustainable farmers across the country. The result is a practical introduction to the world of sustainable agriculture that simply cannot be gleaned from any Farm Business 101 course. Thistlethwaite covers a wide array of scenerios from landless start-ups to multi-generational businesses, fr ...more
Nice balance of information and personal stories from different farmers. Really great book for starting a farm, what you should consider before going into business and reminders that it's supposed to be a business. Perfect for what things need to be considered, from physical health to marketing and bookkeeping, lots of good tips on value-added products to consider. Will be recommending to anyone that is considering getting into farming.
Farms with a Future raises a lot of great points but, perhaps necessarily, due to the highly variable nature of farm enterprises, gives few specifics. It seems like a great tool to help farmers think of all the important aspects of decisions about their business, and for that I might come back to it in the future. It was very similar in that respect to Small-Scale Livestock Farming: A Grass-Based Approach for Health, Sustainability, and Profit, but much better written and more up to date.
I loved this book. It's so helpful to not only get great real world ideas and solutions, but to meet farmers who have struggled through similar issues and share in detail how they managed solutions. This is a book that will be a permanent reference. And, its warm, readable style is truly enjoyable. If you're thinking of farming, you need this one.
Good overview of how to build a farm business by looking at a number of great examples across the country with very different business plans and products. I really enjoyed the level technicality that Rebecca uses in this book. It's is in depth yet still approachable when you don't have any experience in a certain subject.
Thistlethwaite delivers a class in the business of sustainable farms in each chapter. Each chapter has at least one great example and ends with key learning points, making it easy to discuss and return to with others at your farm. Highly recommended.