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Farm Start-up Plan

Farm Start-up Plan

If you have trouble filling in any of the fields in this worksheet, go back to Plan Your Farm and walk through the relevant tutorial, like Getting Started, Choosing What to Produce, Selling Your Products, and Achieving or Improving Profitability.

If veggies or fruits, when will you plant, how will you cultivate or irrigate, and when/how will you harvest, store, and transport the crops? If livestock, when will you breed and birth animals, and when will they be ready for market?
While this is probably the hardest part of your business to nail down when you start, it's the most important to keep chipping away at. Start with thumbnail sketches and estimates and keep refining them based on your experience and research.


18 thoughts on “Farm Start-up Plan

  1. Ida Lambrecht says:

    I need to do more checking on produce prices before submitting those possible profits

  2. Jacquie Lovett says:

    Great questions. I started thinking seriously and if I really did want to start a small farm on my one acre. Thank you.

  3. Tim Slepicka says:

    A good basic template. The first questions were good, but the last one needs to be broken down some more to be effective. Thanks!

  4. Victor Philander says:

    Your template helps. Thanks a bunch

  5. Paul Kilelu says:

    Great site to get all support and information required for farming

  6. Natercia Tyler says:

    this was a very helpful excersise in terms of mapping out what i would like to achieve with this project there is still some thinking through which I have to do but this was a good start thank you

  7. Joan R. Jarvis says:

    I think these questions are very “real” everyone should consider how life changes as we go on. Thought is definitely required here. And I still want to start a small working ranch and rescue for the animals. I have been taking in small animals for a few years now and enjoy doing it.

  8. DeAnne says:

    What else do I need to consider for financial planning?

  9. Gail L. Wege says:

    Thank you for your assistance. I’m looking forward to transitioning from the Army back into civilian life and would like to support the Farmer Veteran Coalition as well as the small town I grew up in (Onaga, KS) Any support, direction, input is greatly appreciated.

  10. Zac Thayer says:

    What happens next after I sent you my answers.


  11. Sarah Diana Nechamen says:

    Hi Zac,

    The “submit” button on our planning worksheets is for you to send yourself an email copy of your answers, for your own records. It’s a way of facilitating the beginnings of writing a simple business plan. Unfortunately, we just don’t have the capacity to review or comment on people’s worksheets.


  12. Brian Thornton says:

    Looking for the guidance to start a small organic farm.

  13. daniel says:

    i really want to start a poultry business but i am unemployed so i have no money to start

  14. Sarah Diana Nechamen says:

    Hi Daniel,
    Our Guide to Farming in New York has a couple fact sheets that might be useful to you. Check out Fact Sheet #4: Financing a Farm and Fact Sheet #31: Grant Opportunities for Farmers. You could also take a look at the Resources section of our Small Farms website, which includes a section on funding.

  15. Myles Moriarty says:

    This begins to answer why to do what you love: because your labor is free, and when your labor is free your costs are lower, and your labor provides most of what you need.

  16. Gilberto Guevara says:

    Is there a resource to help project (1) crop yield per acre or hectare (2) and prices for cocoa? Is this a commodity sold in the commodity markets or openly?

  17. Sarah Diana Nechamen says:

    The International Cocoa Association looks like a great resource. They have a page for daily prices of cocoa beans and as far as yield goes, they say “Yield depends on the age, type and planting distribution of trees and level of inputs needed. The balance between yield and input costs is important to the grower. For example, Malaysia had high yields of 700 kg per hectare but also had high costs of between 70 cents and $1.30 per kg.” You could look through the website to find more information.

  18. Wayne Fontenot says:

    We started this business in 2005. We expect a harvest in 2 years. We remain debt free with over 3000 pecan trees planted.

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