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Turn your hobby farm into a successful businessNo experience in farming? No problem! The Profitable Hobby Farm gives you all the tools you need to launch a thriving hobby farm business. Based on the author's expert guidance and the motivating experiences of other small farmers, it shows you how to blend strategy, marketing, and money management in order to prosper.

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Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Howell Book House
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Cassi aka Snow White Haggard
This falls into the category of "really random things I read" but actually I liked it. Sometimes I'm tempted by the farm lifestyle. After reading the book I am still tempted to move that direction someday but for now I haven't found a niche that is calling to me. (Well I really like my backyard tea but I've never dried it so I don't even know if it's good that way).

It's interesting to think about your food and where it comes from. I enjoy the local foods. Unfortunately I work most Saturdays and...more
Sarah Aubrey
May 28, 2010 Sarah Aubrey rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Here is a review from my website:
“Your book is great! I was interviewing Suzie at Salem Farms (profiled in the book) and she mentioned your book so I got a copy and loved it. You have a very conversational writing style and, as someone who owned a business for 15 years, your advice is right on target--very realistic.”- Going-Local blogger, Victoria Wesseler in Indiana.
This book takes itself seriously. It was like sitting in on an incredibly entertaining crash course for how to actually make a small farm business work. Lots of good leads for further information, too.

I enjoyed that each section featured someone's situation that could help flesh out the concepts being covered.

Super book.
This book contained exactly the information I've been looking for about starting a farm. It gave advice, resources, and personal accounts that made me feel good. I skipped pages 124 to 222 because they were about selling and marketing, a step which I am extremely far from right now.
Amanda Hill
Really great book, easy to read and loaded with useful information. I really enjoyed how the author went out of her way to include actual working farms as examples. Overall very enjoyable, this is one of those books I'll use when I am ready to make my hobby farm profitable.
Although I find it difficult to really read anything in-depth onscreen, this ebook was packed with solid info. Maybe I was just especially motivated to soldier through despite continually losing my place on the screen, because this is a topic dear to my heart...
Amy R
Jul 07, 2012 Amy R rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Very informative, but at the end of the day, you'll still need to acquaint yourself with your local laws and ordinances.
Great basic information for making your small acreage start paying for itself. Broad spectrum of ideas and information.
York Bennett
May 29, 2010 York Bennett is currently reading it
still reading, very informational, especially concerning the marketing side of agriculture
Great book for any farmer to read! wish I owned this one for reference.
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Sarah Beth Aubrey finds the funds and applies for the grants that bring dollars to entrepreneurs, communities and businesses. She works in over 38 states, Puerto Rico, and Canada and networks with eight federal agencies to research and successfully apply for the funds her clients need. Recently named to the Indianapolis Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” list of young professionals excelling in t...more
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