What makes a farm sustainable and successful? And what special qualities and skills are needed for someone to become a successful farmer? I go about trying to address these and other crucial business questions in my new book, which I think is a must-read for anyone who aspires to get into farming, or who wants to make their farm business more dynamic, profitable, and, above all, sustainable (in a triple-bottom line sense). Over an entire year, me and my husband- both experienced farmers ourselves- took a sabbatical and traveled the length and breadth of the United States to live and work alongside some of the nation's most innovative farmers. Many of my blog posts over the last year feature some of those farms we visited. Our daughter came along for the ride too, learning a great deal about US history, geography, culture, and bioregions. Along the trip we learned about farming best practices, and a whole lot about what doesn't work too. Our previous farming experiences reaffirmed many of the lessons we learned. My new book Farms with a Future: Creating and Growing a Sustainable Farm Business shares some of this collective wisdom in an inspirational yet practical manner; it will help beginners avoid many of the common mistakes that first-time farmers make. Just as importantly, it discusses positive ideas that can help make any farm enterprise more vibrant and financially profitable. Profiles of more than a dozen representative farms help round out the invaluable information and encourage farmers to embrace their inner entrepreneur. Younger growers, in particular, will benefit by learning about "the right stuff" from both their peers and longtime experts. This book provides a useful reference for beginning and experienced farmers alike. While many other books address agricultural production, there are very few that talk about business management for long-term sustainability. Farms with a Future offers an approachable, colorful take on building a triple-bottom-line farming business. Each chapter and topic has been peer reveiwed by outside experts- this book is a compedium of advice.
You can pre-order my new book here: Farms with a Future. Publication date is in November!