Building a Sustainable Business: A Guide to Developing a Business Plan for Farms and Rural Businesses

Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (MISA). 2003. Building a Sustainable Business: A Guide to Developing a Business Plan for Farms and Rural Businesses. Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE). Accessed at: <http://www.sare.org/Learning-Center/Books/Building-a-Sustainable-Business>

Created by the University of Minnesota’s Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, and co-published alongside Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE), this publication represents a business-planning guide for alternative farming operations and rural business entrepreneurs. Although created in the Midwest, it serves as a resource for the national farming business community drawing on identification of values to critical management functions. Individual planning tasks outlining 4 key areas of management organizes the guide: marketing, operations, human resources, and finance. For advice on creating an urban farm business plan see the handbook developed by Partnership for Sustainable Communities.

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