Beginning farmers and ranchers throughout the US are struggling with drought, floods, dramatic climate changes, pests, diseases, and the hundreds of other natural pressures they face on a regular basis. Yet, the one foe they tackle with the greatest trepidation is the “business of managing their business” sustainably.
New farms need to have a well designed business plan that takes into consideration individual infrastructure and financial needs, the viability of marketing strategies, and the farmer’s production capacity and knowledge.
Business Planning may seem daunting, but there are resources out there to help you:
- In Mendocino County, the West Business Development Center provides many resources. Check out their website at https://www.westcenter.org/.
- In Sonoma County, the Economic Development Board is focused on making small businesses a success--check out the many services they offer at http://sonomaedb.org/Business-Assistance/.
If you are located in other counties, just email us a query and we will put you in touch with the right organization for your area.