The Field Guide to the New American Foodshed is designed to help those entrepreneurs and their advisors find and use relevant business development information from this new territory of local and regional food markets.
The Technical Assistance Pool is an accumulation of specialists who have skills and/or expertise they would like to share with beginning and transitioning farmers to improve the economic viability of sustainable farms in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.
"Grow Your Small Market Farm™ is a business planning class to help potential and existing local farm and food producers learn the skills needed to create and strengthen successful farm business ventures.
Farmers and other food entrepreneurs may save up to $1,000 while building their skills and business plans. The savings are matched two-to-one. The resulting $3,000 for things like fencing, irrigation or a down payment on a tractor or farm land.
"This tip sheet provides a brief overview of some important farm income tax issues and offers resources where beginning farmers can find the answers to their general questions. To learn more, contact a tax professional, especially one who has experience working with farmers."
The Get Farming! program is designed to help growers and other food enterpreneurs with business and marketing tools through information, training, workshops, and networking. Also, Individual Devopment Accounts, a matched savings program, can help eligible producers with small and important financial assistance.
The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Farm Cost and Return Tool (CART) was created to assist beginning farmers and ranchers. It can be used by those who are either thinking about farming or are actively engaged in a farming operation.
"A vocation is more than a job. It implies an occupation as being particularly worthy and requiring great dedication. Farming is such a vocation. We hope these offerings are a beginning towards restoring agriculture as a foundational impulse for our own health and for the well being of our planet and our communities."