Horticultural Business Management

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Harvesting Change: New York Apple Growers Share Their Decision-Making Strategies

NY FarmNet

These are actual stories of apple growers in New York State who have made changes to their businesses in order to address the financial viability of their farm business. Whether or not the decisions these growers made are similar to the decisions you and your family face, you should be able to glean some important life lessons from their situations.

Copies of this publication are available by calling NY FarmNet at 1-800-547-3276.
The booklet is free to New York State growers and $15 to out-of-state growers.

Landscape Business Planning Guide


Jeremy Stark, Department of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University,
August 2003

This business planning guide aims to reduce the risk of failure for landscaping businesses through the creation of a well-conceived business plan, optimizing the chances of survival, and ultimately, prosperity.

Cornell Horticultural Business Management and Marketing Program


Wen-fei Uva, Jerry White, Department of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell

Information on market analysis, industry trends, Smart Marketing newsletter series, risk management, and more.

Phone: (607) 255-3688 or (607) 255-2299

Crop Planning and Record Keeping Spreadsheets for Diversified Vegetable Farms


An excellent, easy-to-use template for record keeping and crop planning on a diversified farm. Especially useful for CSA farms.

Available from Brookfield Farm. To order, call (413) 253-7991 or e-mail .

Greenhouse Cost Accounting Program

Robin Brumfield

A software program that is useful in analyzing various strategies to improve the overall profitability of greenhouse businesses. It is useful for greenhouse managers and business owner who have a grasp on financial management and maintain good records.

$50. To order, send a check to:
Robin Brumfield
2908 West Turner St.
Allentown, PA 18104

Sustainable Vegetable Production from Start-Up to Market

Vernon P. Grubinger, Center for Sustainable Agriculture, University of Vermont

Provides practical information on such essential matters as selecting a farm site; planning and record keeping; marketing options; and systems for starting, planting, protecting, and harvesting crops. Individual chapters cover fundamental aspects of economic and environmental practices essential to planning and launching a business; the practical implications of sustainability; getting started; farm business management; and marketing. The chapters that follow discuss essential production processes, focusing on soil fertility, composting, crop rotation, cover crops, tillage equipment and field preparation, seeds and transplants, irrigation and spraying systems, harvest and post-harvest handling, season extension, integrated pest management, and environmentally friendly strategies for managing insects, diseases, weeds, and wildlife. A resource for aspiring and beginning vegetable growers, experienced growers, extension personnel, and serious gardeners. A useful text for college-level vegetable production courses.

280 pages. $38. To order, contact:

Center for Sustainable Agriculture
63 Carrigan Dr.
Burlington, VT 05405
Phone: (802) 656-5459

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