What does Mark want for Easter dinner?
Farm Business Research
I have been thinking a lot about what type of business our farm should operate as. I watched this webinar about different farm businesses. If you click on the picture, you should go to the page that has the recorded webinar.
At one point, I was thinking about setting up the farm as a nonprofit. Mostly because I have worked in nonprofits so I am familiar with the infrastructure. However, to be a nonprofit, there are certain criteria you have to meet. For example, you have to have an educational component to your nonprofit. I like the idea of having people coming to the farm and learning about growing fruits or vegetables and health eating. However, I realize that this is not our main reason for having our farm. The main reason is to provide a business for Mark and I to run. Luckily, other skills that I have learned while directing a nonprofit will be useful in our farm business (like accounting, marketing, and communication). So, after viewing this webinar, it looks like setting up a Limited Liability Company (LLC) will probably be the way to go. The next thing I want to research are the “rules” for selling produce and farm products.
Another question that has entered my mind is, “When are we considered “farmers?” I heard this definition of a farmer from the USDA on a podcast that I was listening to:
So, I guess I have here a good goal when we do get into production. I have linked this definition to an article entitled, “USDA Definition of Farmer Twisted”.
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My youngest said, “Well, I like chicken from the store so I bet I will like chicken from the farm.”