Grower to grower: Creating a livelihood on a fresh market vegetable farm

Hendrickson, John. 2005. Grower to grower: Creating a livelihood on a fresh market vegetable farm. University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems. Accessed at: <http://www.cias.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/grwr2grwr.pdf>

The Center for Integrated Agriculture of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences alongside funding from the USDA North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program published this work in 2005. The final report represents a farmer-led case study of 19 fresh market vegetable growers at different production scales majorly organic and located in Wisconsin. The growers collected data in a three-year period from 2002 to 2004 to create financial ratios regarding labor, finances, and equipment. These ratios provide information on future labor needs, product pricing, and investment in labor saving equipment. The report is meant for other farmers to use as a guide regarding finance and quality of life goals as well as operational structure to ensure a feasible livelihood from their future farming activities.

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