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Christy Cassady, Coordinator

Center for Crop Diversification
N-318 Agricultural Science Center
University of Kentucky
Lexington KY 40546-0091
(859) 257-1477

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Decision tools


The Local Food Cost Calculator is designed to help chefs and food service managers analyze more precisely the cost difference between locally sourced farm products and those available from mainline distributors. The calculator converts the cost per case to a cost per plate for one or more items. Twenty-one commodity produce items and six proteins are included in the calculator. The calculator analyzes only the cost differential; it does not give value to "freshness" or "better taste" or production practices. From SCALE, Inc. SCALE - Sequestering Carbon, Accelerating Local Economies - combines a new vision for economic prosperity and resilience with tested skills and strategies to help us get there. The central purpose of SCALE is to catalyze and accelerate economies which increase community wealth and restore or sustain the ecosystem. Visit their website to learn more and to find other resources and services available from them.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

Community Supported Agriculture - Center for Crop Diversification marketing profile

Rural Guide to Community Supported Agriculture - from the University of Wyoming

Education on Community Supported Agriculture Ventures in the Rural Mountain West - presentation from University of Wyoming Extension

A Farmer's Guide to Marketing through Community Supported Agriculture - from University of Tennessee Extension


Crop Profiles
Information sheets that offer brief introductions to a variety of crops, including production and marketing information.

Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development - Non-profit organization established to facilitate agricultural and rural business development in Kentucky.

Diversifying Cropping Systems - from SARE

The Farm Prosperity Project - from N.C. State University

How to Pick a High-Value Crop: Evaluating Your Resources and Personal Considerations - from N.C. State University

A PRIMER for Selecting New Enterprises for Your Farm

Developing a Business Plan - from Penn State Ag Alternatives

AgPlan - (A free tool that helps rural business owners develop a business plan.) - from the University of Minnesota

Transplant Production Decision Tool - from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

Transplant Decision Tool Now Available for Growers - Press release

Kentucky's Small Business Development Centers

Agricultural Innovation & Commercialization Center - Business Plan Tactics & Tools for Entrepreneurs - from Purdue University Extension

Plant Diagnostic Sample Submission app (A new mobile application resource created by eight university labs, including the University of Kentucky.)

Soil Fertility in Organic Systems: A Guide for Gardeners and Small Acreage Farmers - from Washington State University, Oregon State University, and the University of Idaho

Uncommon Fruit (Uncommon, Unusual and Overlooked Fruit Trials at Carandale Farm.) - from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems

Farming for a sustainable community - A training manual (This manual presents models for land selection, soil preparation, crop planning, cultivation, handling, marketing and season extension with point-by-point instruction, case studies, illustrations, and descriptions.) - from American Friends Service Committee

Field Guide to the New American Foodshed (A site designed to help those entrepreneurs and their advisors find and use relevant business development information from a new territory of local and regional food markets.) - funded by the USDA Risk Management Agency

Comet-Farm (A tool that allows farmers to estimate carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions related to annual crop production, livestock and on-farm energy use.) - from Colorado State University

Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)

Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) - Center for Crop Diversification profile

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association GAPs Manual (Tips and strategies to reduce risk and pass an audit) - from North Carolina State University and the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

Grape/winery decision tools

2011 Regional Winegrape Marketing and Price Outlook

Sample Winery Contracts

WARNING: These documents are offered as sample agreements and make no claim regarding legal authority or completeness. Contracts should always be reviewed by appropriate legal counsel for both buyer and seller.

Sample purchase contract

Sample sale contract

Sample winegrape purchase agreement A

Sample winegrape purchase agreement B

Sample general agreement

Sample sales memo

Sample grape purchase agreement

Sample vineyard lease agreement

Sample cooperative agreement

Organic Production

Veggie Compass (A whole-farm profit management tool for diversified organic fresh market vegetable growers) - from the University of Wisconsin-Madison

WARNING: Some Web sites to which these materials provide links for the convenience of users are not managed by the University of Kentucky. The university does not review, control or take responsibility for the contents of those sites.

For more information, contact Tim Woods
University of Kentucky
Department of Agricultural Economics
400 CE Barnhart Bldg
Lexington, KY 40546-0276

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This site was last updated on April 6, 2016
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