Guides and Manuals

Guide to Starting a Multi-Farm CSA

A plain language guide from the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project for starting a multi-farm CSA (community supported agriculture). Includes general information and sample documents for starting a CSA.

Plain Language Guide to Starting a Value Added Food Business

Are you looking for easy-to-follow directions regarding how to make money through processing your produce? This Value Added Processing Guide is written in Plain Language, and will help you with:

•Processing Raw Fruits and Vegetables in to a Finished Product that You Can Sell
•Packaging Your Value Added Products

Plain Language Guide to Managing Risks on the Small Farm

Are you a new or experienced farmer, interested in better understanding how to manage the risks of your operation? This guide to Managing Risks on the Small Farm, written in Plain Language, will help you with understanding how risk affects you in the following areas:

•Production Risk
•Marketing Risk
•Financial Risk
•Worker Risk
•Legal Risk

Plain Language Guide to USDA's NASS End of Season Fruit and Vegetable Inquiry

Would you like clear directions regarding how to complete your NASS End-of-Season Fruit and Vegetable Survey? This Plain Language Fruit and Vegetable Survey Guide can help you with understanding why and how to fill out the survey.

Plain Language Guide to Harvesting Your Crops

Would you like to learn about when to harvest, how to handle your crops after harvesting, and how to prepare your produce for market? This Guide to Harvesting Your Crops, written in Plain Language, will help you with harvesting and handling:

  • Onion Crops
  • Cruciferous Vegetables
  • Roots and Tubers
  • Beans and Peas
  • Herbs
  • Pumpkin Squash Blossoms
  • Pumpkins and Winter Squash

Plain Language Guide to Selling at the Farmer's Market

In this guide to selling at a Farmer's Market, you will learn about:

  • Choosing a Market
  • Applying to a Market
  • Designing Your Market Stand
  • Setting Your Prices
  • Making Sales

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