December Book Of The Month: Start Your Farm
by Lauren R
Published November 28, 2023
Explore the ins and outs of farming with our Meyer Hatchery December Book of the Month, “Start Your Farm: The Authoritative Guide to Becoming a Sustainable 21st Century Farmer” by Forrest Pritchard and Ellen Polishuk. Tailored for both experienced farmers and those considering the agricultural path, the book serves as a valuable guide to launching and organizing your farm business.
The authors kick off by addressing the decline in family-owned farms in the United States and advocating for the crucial role farmers play in sustaining our food sources. Ellen Polishuk’s chapter delves into the personality traits essential for successful farming, prompting readers to realistically assess their compatibility with the demanding aspects of the profession.
The narrative then navigates the practicalities of farm life, emphasizing the goal of turning a profit with limited capital. The authors adeptly navigate external factors, such as local and international economics, influencing production costs and pricing strategies for profitability. Primarily catering to market farmers cultivating specialty crops or raising livestock, the book explores diverse selling avenues, from farmers’ markets to on-farm stores and wholesale opportunities.
The book concludes with a poignant chapter on the farm lifestyle, highlighting the labor-intensive yet uniquely rewarding aspects of being a farmer. Despite challenges, the authors underscore the unparalleled benefits of being one’s own boss—flexible hours, attendance at daytime events, and the freedom to take breaks when needed.
Start Your Farm is a comprehensive handbook offering valuable insights for today’s agricultural dreamers. If you’re considering market farming, don’t miss out on the opportunity to add this book to your library at a 20% discount using the coupon code BOTM23 during checkout in December, as a thank you we will also be sending a free copy of our 2024 Meyer Hatchery Calendar with each order! Start your agricultural journey with confidence and insight.
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