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Reunited... and it Tastes So Good: Consumer trends in the direct-to-consumer economy and promising new markets for small farmers.

kissing pigsBy Tracy Sweely

As Joni Mitchell reminded us so long ago, "You don't know what you've got till it's gone…" But, at what has seemed like the 11th hour of the demise of the small family farm, consumers are finding their way back to wholesome, great tasting produce grown by their local farmers. Farmers, for their part, are reaching beyond direct-to-consumer marketing into the “experience economy” and discovering new areas of lucrative offerings at their fingertips. Click here to read more.

The CSA Quick Start module of our Grow Your Own CSA program is up and running! Click here to learn more.

Don't miss our blog on the seed stock crisis: Seed Shopping Fun and Glory: The Seed Stock Crisis and Preserving our Seed Heritage

“The urban-agriculture ones are flourishing,” he said. “There’s a lot of excitement. They’re active eight days a week.” But “community gardens, as such, where people come in to take care of their own boxes — those are not flourishing.” John Ameroso, Urban Extension Agent for Cornell University. For full article click here.

Farm and Garden Calculator

Gardeners! Market Gardeners! Farmers! FINALLY, a garden planner that helps you to get the most produce from your land!

Wouldn’t it be great to have an application that allows you to type in basic information about your production goals, then easily determine how much of each crop you need to plant and when you need to plant it in order it to feed the number of people you want to? And, wouldn’t it be helpful for market gardeners and farmers to also be able to make potential retails sales projections?

Here is a report from our test micro-farm planned with the Fantastic Farm & Garden Calculator.

Want to learn all the details about the Fantastic Farm and garden Calculator? Click Learn More. Want to sign up and start planning your garden or farm now? Click Join!

grow your own csa farmGrow Your Own CSA

Interested in starting your own Community Supported Agriculture program? Whether you want to farm in a rural area, or in an urban setting, we have the information and tools to get you started. Learn more now by reading our Grow Your Own CSA Case Study or find out about our Grow Your Own CSA program to help you get started!