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Start Your Farm

The Authoritative Guide to Becoming a Sustainable 21st Century Farm
Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
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Do you dream of starting your own farm but wonder where to begin? Or do you already have a farm but wish to become more sustainable to compete in today's market? Start Your Farm, the first comprehensive business guide of its kind, covers these essential questions and more:

  • Why be a farmer in the 21st century? Do you have what it takes?
  • What does sustainable really mean, and how can a small (as little as one acre) to midsize farm survive alongside commodity-scale agriculture?
  • How do you access education, land, and other needs with limited capital?
  • How can you reap an actual profit, including a return on land investment?
  • How do you build connections with employees, colleagues, and customers?
  • At the end of the day, how do you measure success? (Hint: Cash your lifestyle paycheck.)  

More than a practical guide, Start Your Farm is a hopeful call to action for anyone who aspires to grow wholesome, environmentally sustainable food for a living. Take it from Forrest Pritchard and Ellen Polishuk: Making this dream a reality is not for the faint of heart, but it's well within reach - and there's no greater satisfaction under the sun!

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2018 Forrest Pritchard and Ellen Polishuk (P)2018 Tantor

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Inspiring Book for Entrepreneurs

I listened to this book on my daily commute through Northern Virginia, a landscape of beautiful farm land and vineyards that is also being transformed into subdivisions. Now is a great time to start a sustainable farm business and Forrest and Ellen have wealth of first-hand experience to share. Lesson #1 no one will care about your business more than you. You will learn more from your mistakes and trial and error than your successes. Everything is important, from marketing to training your labor to finding efficiencies and especially to measuring everything you can to understand your costs and profitability.

The amazing thing is that it IS possible to farm in this era of CSAs and farmers markets and make a living as well as live a good life outdoors.

I liked the blending of two author voices and the alternate male and female audiobook narrators. They did a great job emphasizing what is already clear and easy-to-follow writing.

Some day I hope I am lucky enough to live on a farm with sheep in my yard, cows grazing in the fields and fresh eggs to gather and fry up over easy.

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Excellent book

This book doesn’t cover how to grow specific crops. Instead it extensively covers every other aspect of running a farm. You can be an exceptional grower, but without learning book the skills laid out in this boo

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A good resource to have as audio and in print

Many people wax poetic about owning land or managing a productive farm. Until you dig your hands into the soil each day, face a brood of chickens at every dawn, or great customers when you would rather be counting sheep, you won't know what it means to run a farm. Buy this book to decide whether this life is for you. Ellen Polishuk and Forrest Pritchard have done it all, and it shows in their research and prose.

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SO disappointing

If you have listened to Forrest's first book on Audible, don't listen to this one! Go back and listen to the first one over again. This will make you regret ever learning his name. Sad. It doesn't even feel like he really wrote this Feels like a Ghost Writer. Horrible Readers both for male and female voices.

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