Category Archives: Marketing

Staying Competitive in Maturing Local Food Markets

“As local food markets mature and competition increases, it’s becoming harder for experienced farmers to maintain market share and new farmers to break in”, says Rose Wilson, business development expert.  In a maturing market, while overall direct sales of Vermont farms are increasing, the rate of growth is decreasing. Continue reading

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Thinking about a new farm business? Is an incubator program for you?

As the average age of farmers nudges 60 years, it’s clear that we need new and younger farmers. Incubator programs have sprouted up to meet this need, typically offering  training and support on a dedicated site, with mentor farmers available … Continue reading

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Coaching and Business Planning Services

Looking for some help planning a farm business? The Intervale Center’s Farms Program and Beginning Farmer Program help new farmers overcome barriers to entry and promote the development of responsible farm management. Intervale’s Beginning Farmer Program offers information, assistance, and … Continue reading

Posted in Financial Mgmt, Goals, Land access, Marketing, New Farmer Events, Resources for Beginning Farmers

What does the 2012 Census of Agriculture have to do with me?

It’s no secret that farming can be an isolating and difficult vocation at certain times. A farmer’s typical daily duties might include keeping up with the weeds, caring for sick animals, moving chickens, fulfilling wholesale orders, rushing to the farmers’ … Continue reading

Posted in Facts & Figures, Farm labor and human resources, Financial Mgmt, Land access, Marketing, production information, Resources for Beginning Farmers, Scaling up, The USDA Farm Bill

Farm advisers learn about marketing at “Selling in the Food System” workshop

Last Thursday the New Farmer Project hosted a training workshop for technical assistance providers called “Selling in the Food System.” The event was a great opportunity for advisers from organizations like the Intervale Center, Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL), … Continue reading

Posted in Marketing, New Farmer Events, Resources for Beginning Farmers, Scaling up