Pros and Cons of Niche Marketing

Pros and Cons of Niche Marketing

Niche marketing is the norm for many small business owners, no matter what they are selling. Before diving in, however, it’s best to have an understanding of both the opportunities and the challenges of niche marketing. Are you ready to capitalize on your strengths as an entrepreneur in a niche market? Read on.   Pros Live your dream. Not all of us are cut out … Continue reading Pros and Cons of Niche Marketing

Scribus

Scribus

You don’t need a pricey suite of software to turn out professional-looking documents to represent your business.  If you are motivated and reasonably artistic, you can use Scribus, a powerful open source desktop publishing program freely available to everybody, to design flyers, brochures, and more for your farm or other enterprise. Scribus was developed to produce print-ready PDFs.  It combines all of the tools you … Continue reading Scribus

Kansas Department of Agriculture Licensing Guides

Kansas Department of Agriculture Licensing Guides

Agripreneurs have to be careful to keep up with the legal aspects of their businesses.  Fortunately, the Kansas Department of Agriculture has put together a series of licensing guides to help innovative business owners see at a glance what permits and licenses will be necessary. The PDF downloads cover many types of businesses: Agritourism. Aquaculture. Dairy farming. Feed sales. Greenhouses and nurseries. Home kitchens. Livestock … Continue reading Kansas Department of Agriculture Licensing Guides

Farm Fresh

Farm Fresh

Are you considering direct marketing grassfed meat and dairy products?  Before you begin, perhaps you could benefit from a little food for thought on the subject.  Try Farm Fresh: Direct Marketing Meats & Milk by Allan Nation. You may or may not agree with all of the philosophies contained in Farm Fresh, but you are sure to be challenged to new levels of creativity.  Nation … Continue reading Farm Fresh

What is Community-Supported Agriculture?

What is Community-Supported Agriculture?

One of the main features of the recent local foods movement is a desire to connect farmers and consumers. On the one hand, many farmers want to share their practices with their customers, keeping them informed about agriculture. On the other hand, consumers want to learn more about how their food is produced. Among the different ideas that have caught on is the CSA (Community-Supported … Continue reading What is Community-Supported Agriculture?

9 Unique Agritourism Ideas

9 Unique Agritourism Ideas

Agritourism is one of the most popular trends in small farms today.  Some producers love to share their crops and pastures with guests, often taking the opportunity to educate people about farming and ranching, both conventional and alternative. Is this an enterprise that you have considered adding to your farm?  If so, you might be looking for ideas to make your agritourism venue unique.  Yes, … Continue reading 9 Unique Agritourism Ideas

You Can Farm

You Can Farm

Unlike some of the other Joel Salatin books we recommend, You Can Farm is not a practical how-to guide, but a philosophical challenge geared toward beginners.  It’s a great way to start contesting paradigms and brainstorming outside of the box as you are guided through the process of creating a vision and making it happen. Salatin addresses some of the common misconceptions about small-scale farming: … Continue reading You Can Farm

Starting & Running Your Own Small Farm Business

Starting & Running Your Own Small Farm Business

That first year of entrepreneurship can be rather daunting, no matter what your business is.  Fortunately, Sarah Beth Aubrey walks you through the process in ten steps. The ten steps outlined in Aubrey’s book, Starting & Running Your Own Small Farm Business, are: Build a plan. Test the waters. Get the money. Choose your business type. Follow the rules. Protect your assets. Price your products. … Continue reading Starting & Running Your Own Small Farm Business

Building a Sustainable Business

Free eBook: Building a Sustainable Business

Are you considering making the jump and turning that farming hobby of yours into a real business?  Do you already have a farm business and are considering expansion, new options in your operations, or maybe passing the enterprise along to the next generation?  If so, you might want to map out your ideas in a written business plan so that you have a clear picture … Continue reading Free eBook: Building a Sustainable Business

Streams of Income

Streams of Income

Setting up multiple streams or sources of income is a good idea no matter what we do in life, but it is an invaluable practice for the country family and an indispensable one for the self-employed country family.  If a catastrophe strikes one source of income, chances are there will still be others.  Furthermore, small streams quickly add up to a reasonable living. But the … Continue reading Streams of Income