Start Your Farm

The Authoritative Guide to Becoming a Sustainable 21st Century Farm
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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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a lot to think about!

This book was a wonderful introductory resource for those of us wanting to get into farming. Right now I'm a hobby farmer, but I would love to change that into being a full-time farmer who actually can make a living. This book gave me so much to think about and for the first time in a long time I feel hopeful about the possibility of being able to ditch the day job and actually make a living from my farm.

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This book is a perfect blend between philosophy and practicality.

This book is a perfect blend between philosophy and practicality. It contains a wealth of experiential wisdom and gives as much attention to the motivations, outlook, and value system necessary to farming as it does to the practical, scientific, and economic implications. Fantastic book, I highly recommend that any and all beginner farmers hear them out and take their principles to heart!

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helps better your financial situation

even if your not going to farm, it's still gives helpful advice for all aspects of life.

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Great book!

Filled with lots of valuable information. I have a lot to consider that I would not have prior to this book.

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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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it was interesting to listen to and it gave a lot of information about getting started with your new farm.

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Not what I was hoping for.

I was hoping for more technical information somwhere in this book. We get that briefly in the chapter about soils. However the rest of the book focused on the business side of Farming. Most of the information can be found elsewhere in other business books and such. Got to say I am rather disappointed. Other than that I can say of you are someone looking to start a farm as a business, I am sure you will find information here useful. As someone who is looking into more homesteading, this book proved to not have what I was looking for.

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great 'read' 😂 fantastic for even a small family farm. very easy to listen to, especially while... well... farming.

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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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