Business Planning

Best Practices for Farming Multiple Plots

This guide is written for individuals who want to start farming, but who do not have access to a large plot of contiguous land. This guide covers specific factors you need to think about when renting multiple parcels of land from other people, including advantages and disadvantages to this type of land tenure and how your farm business can be successful in the long term. This guide also provides examples of other farmers who are successfully farming on multiple small plots. You may benefit from this guide if you:

• Are interested in farming but do not want to leave your community
• Are interested in learning about how to farm without owning land
• Have an idea of what kind of farm business you would like to start but would like more information on how to access land

This guide will help you answer the following questions:

• Who is farming multiple plots?
• What do you need to farm multiple plots and what do these farms look like?
• What do multiple plot farming agreements look like?
• How can you finance your multiple plot farm?
• What kind of challenges might come up in a multiple plot farming setup?

Banking Workshop- Karen Translation

Karen translation of a banking workshop from the International Institute in St. Louis, “Banking with a Financial Institution.” Explains the basics of different types of financial institutions, available accounts, ATMs, debit and credit cards, deposits, and statements. The curriculum was compiled by the International Institute, with funding from the Office of Refugee Resettlement and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Money, Management, & Budgeting Skills Workshop

Workshop materials from the International Institute of Saint Louis on money management and budgeting skills. Materials include information on budgeting basics, taxes, and record keeping.

Credit Workshop- Khmer translation

Khmer translation of workshop materials from the International Institute of Saint Louis, providing information on credit and lending products from financial institutions. Materials include information on credit, loan products, establishing a credit history, and debt.

Credit Workshop

Workshop materials from the International Institute of Saint Louis, providing information on credit and lending products from financial institutions. Materials include information on credit, loan products, establishing a credit history, and debt.

Consumer Skills Training Materials- English

Consumer skills training materials from the International Institute of Saint Louis. Materials include information on how to be an informed consumer, important documentation, different types of insurance, and additional helpful resources.

Consumer Skills Training Materials- Karen Translation

Karen translation of consumer skills training materials, from the International Institute of Saint Louis. Materials include information on how to be an informed consumer, important documentation, different types of insurance, and additional helpful resources.

Banking Workshop

Banking workshop from the International Institute in St. Louis, “Banking with a Financial Institution.” Explains the basics of different types of financial institutions, available accounts, ATMs, debit and credit cards, deposits, and statements. The curriculum was compiled by the International Institute, with funding from the Office of Refugee Resettlement and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Starting a Farm Business- Swahili translation

Swahili translation of document that outlines the basics of starting a farm business: including legal, production, and marketing assessments. 

Sample land lease agreement

Sample land lease agreement from Cultivating Community's NASAP program, which coordinates a farm training program that serves recent immigrant farmers in the greater Lewiston and Portland, Maine areas.

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