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
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
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
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
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.
Veggie Compass (A whole-farm profit management tool for diversified organic fresh market vegetable growers) - from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Best Practices for Sampling at KY Farmers Markets - Learn why sampling your food products at Kentucky farmers markets is increasingly important to your marketing plan. Accompanying documents:
Best Practices for Sampling
at Farmers Markets (AEC-2012-19)
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2014 KDA Sampling Packet
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