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

Author(s): Rebecca Thistlethwaite

Technical/Financial | Organic & Sustainable

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, above all, sustainable. Over an entire year, the author and her husband-experienced farmers themselves-took a sabbatical and traveled the length and breadth of the United States to live and work alongside some of the nation's most innovative farmers. Along the way they learned about best practices, and a whole lot about what doesn't work."Farms with a Future" shares this collective wisdom in an inspirational yet practical manner; it will help beginners avoid many of the common mistakes that first-time farmers make. Just as importantly, it discusses positive ideas that can help make any farm enterprise vibrant and financially profitable. Profiles of more than a dozen representative farms help round out the invaluable information and encourage farmers to embrace their inner entrepreneur. Younger growers, in particular, will benefit by learning about "the right stuff" from both their peers and longtime experts.This book provides a useful reference for beginning and experienced farmers alike. While many other books address agricultural production, there are very few that talk about business management for long-term sustainability. "Farms with a Future" offers an approachable, colorful take on building a triple-bottom-line farming business.

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""Farms with a Future" should be handed out to every budding young farmer in America. Thistlethwaite guides us through the daunting process of creating a viable small farm by sharing hard-earned lessons of her own, and from experienced farmers she met while researching this book. Indispensable!"--Novella Carpenter, author of "Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer"

General Fields

  • : 9781603584388
  • : Chelsea Green Publishing Company
  • : Chelsea Green Publishing Company
  • : December 2012
  • : 254x178mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : January 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 338.1
  • : 304
  • : Rebecca Thistlethwaite
  • : Paperback
  • : 1