Guides

  • Hoophouse Production and Marketing Guide

    Published on January 7, 2019

    This guide provides suggestions and parameters for hoophouse planting, crop spacing, realistic yields, common cultivars, and direct market and wholesale pack sizes and pricing.

  • 2018 Charter Summary

    Published on October 19, 2018

    This summary reports on progress made toward achieving the 2020 goals set by the Michigan Good Food Charter.

  • Scale of Production Matrix

    Published on January 29, 2018

    This part of the Toolbox for Vegetable Farm Viability provides a detailed look at potential infrastructure and equipment investments for different size small farms to help in planning and growth.

  • Market Channel Selection Tool

    Published on January 29, 2018

    This part of the Toolbox for Vegetable Farm Viability provides a look at potential considerations when choosing which channel or market option you might use to sell what you raise.

  • Beginning Farmers: Finding the Money You Need

    Published on November 3, 2017

    This guide is meant to provide a road map to loan readiness and conventional and alternative credit access for beginning farmers. Access to financial capital is one of the largest obstacles for beginning farmers.

  • Beginning Farmers: 10 Steps to Loan Readiness

    Published on October 30, 2017

    At some point, most farmers need to make some changes and grow to sustain their business. Based on his lending work with hundreds of Michigan farmers, Mike Jordon developed the 10 steps contained in this guide to aid the growth of farming operations.

  • Crowdfunding for Small Farmers

    Published on October 2, 2017

    Crowdfunding is becoming more popular for small and beginning farmers. This guide aims to address how small and beginning farmers can use crowdfunding as a fundraising tool.

Michigan State University Michigan State University Close Menu button Menu and Search button Open Close