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Farms with a Future: Creating and Growing a Sustainable Farm Business

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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, ...more
Paperback, 283 pages
Published January 10th 2013 by Chelsea Green Publishing Company (first published November 30th 2012)
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Shannon Hayes
Dec 10, 2012 Shannon Hayes rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 01, 2013 Adam rated it really liked it
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.
May 27, 2014 Kim rated it really liked it
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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.
Mar 06, 2013 Jackie rated it it was amazing
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.
May 18, 2013 Nick rated it really liked it
Shelves: agriculture
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.
Jan 07, 2016 Dustin rated it it was amazing
A very informative book and obviously researched! I enjoyed the stories of different farmers the author tucked throughout the book, which served in letting me see how ideas of building sustainable farms within her book were being implemented in real-life examples.
Apr 23, 2013 Naomi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: agriculture, business
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.
Mar 19, 2014 David rated it really liked it
A decent read but no new ideas...
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