Beginning Farmer Tutorials

Are you a beginning farmer? Do you want to expand your markets? Do you want to add sheep, goats, or poultry to your operation?

The resources on this page will help you develop a business plan, marketing plan and provide you with information and worksheets to help you meet your farm goals. Many of the resources have been developed as narrated presentations. To listen to them on your computer, click on the title and wait for the presentation to load on your computer. If you would like to download them for later use, it may take a while because the files are large. There are also a host of worksheets, short publications with a lot of pictures and graphics, and some videos. Select from the topic areas below to begin.

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Funded by USDA’s Outreach and Assistance to Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers (OASDFR) program (Project # 2009-00705), part of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

 

Due to Flash no longer working, this page is undergoing changes to ensure that the tutorials and other materials are still useable. Until finished, some materials will not be available.

 

Business Planning and Marketing

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Still Life With Tractor, courtesy of Tumbling Shoals Farm
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Photo by: Farm to Table; Santa Fe, NM
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Lesson 1 ~ Getting Started in Your Farm Business

Presentations

Worksheets

 

Lesson 2 ~ Marketing

Presentations

Worksheets

Resources

Marketing Tip Sheets

 

Lesson 3 ~ Keeping Your Books

Presentations

Worksheets

Includes the following sheets:

    • Introduction
    • Chart of Accounts
    • Projected Farm Budget
    • Cash Flow Budget
    • Income and Expense Statement
    • Balance Sheet
    • Income Records
    • Expense Records

 

Lesson 4 ~ What New Farm Businesses Need To Know

Presentations

Resources

 

Sheep and Goats Resources

Poultry Resources

NRCS Sheep
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holding a chicken
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Orientation to Small Ruminant Course
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Presentations

Video

Marketing Tip Sheets

Presentations

Recursos en Español

Chickens
Fickle Creek Farm; courtesy of Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
Tomatoes
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Presentaciones sobre las Aves de Corral

Presentaciones sobre las Producción de Ovinos y Caprinos

Consejos de Mercadeo:

 

Further Business Planning Resources

ATTRA Publications

 

GAP

Food Safety

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Production and Pest Management

 

 

Do you have any questions or comments about this project?

Please contact:
Rex Dufour (Project Coordinator)
NCAT, The National Center for Appropriate Technology
P.O. Box 2218
Davis, CA 95617
rexd@ncat.org