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Resources for New Farmers

The informational tools, documents, links and other resources here were created or selected by the staff and partners of the MSU Student Organic Farm. They are focused largely around smaller scale, diverse, organic/sustainable vegetable operations. They are free to use, made available to help you improve your farm operation.

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  • 2018 Annual Report

    Published on March 20, 2019
    The Student Organic Farm's Annual Report for 2018

  • Sizing Up Diverse Vegetable Farms: A Narrative Companion to the Scale of Production Matrix

    Published on January 29, 2018
    This part of the Toolbox for Vegetable Farm Viability provides a look at potential infrastructure, equipment, time and labor investments, as well as skill development and possible sales and income for different size small farms.

  • 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.

  • Pathways to $100K in Farm Sales: A Starting Point for Reaching Farm Sustainability

    Published on January 29, 2018
    This part of the Toolbox for Vegetable Farm Viability provides a look at sales volumes, pricing and outlets you might need to reach $100,000 in sales.

  • Michigan Beginning Farmer Initiatives Webinar

    Published on April 20, 2017
    This webinar features information about various beginning farmer initiatives across Michigan.

  • Michigan’s Beginning Farmers Survey Summary

    Published on June 21, 2016
    The goal of the survey was to better understand the unique characteristics, experiences, and needs of Michigan’s beginning farmers in order to develop more effective training programs for these farmers.

  • Scale of Production Matrix Template (.xlsx)

    This publication was created to be a helpful resource for beginning farmers when making decisions about infrastructure and equipment. We call it a “tool” in hopes that it will be, like other tools, something that helps you do your job as a farmer.

  • Scale of Production Optimizaton Tool 3.0

    This Microsoft Excel workbook (.xlsx) consists of multiple sheets, designed to give you some guidance on different needs, outputs, or expectations you might consider about your farm at different acreages, different CSA shares, or total sales.