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Turn your hobby farm into a successful businessNo experience in farming? No problem! The Profitable Hobby Farm gives you all the tools you need to launch a thriving hobby farm business. Based on the author's expert guidance and the motivating experiences of other small farmers, it shows you how to blend strategy, marketing, and money management in order to prosper. The Prof Turn your hobby farm into a successful businessNo experience in farming? No problem! The Profitable Hobby Farm gives you all the tools you need to launch a thriving hobby farm business. Based on the author's expert guidance and the motivating experiences of other small farmers, it shows you how to blend strategy, marketing, and money management in order to prosper. The Profitable Hobby Farm provides sound, friendly start-up advice on a variety of topics essential to making an initial foray into a local foods venture. A must-read book for raising and selling local, sustainable foods Includes sample business plan, grant application, marketing and advertising plan, and other forms Lengthy resources section directs you to additional reading Also by Aubrey: Starting & Running Your Own Small Farm BusinessWhether it's growing heirloom tomatoes, raising free-range chickens for their eggs, or making organic wine or cheese, this book shows you how to turn your hobby into a profit.


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Turn your hobby farm into a successful businessNo experience in farming? No problem! The Profitable Hobby Farm gives you all the tools you need to launch a thriving hobby farm business. Based on the author's expert guidance and the motivating experiences of other small farmers, it shows you how to blend strategy, marketing, and money management in order to prosper. The Prof Turn your hobby farm into a successful businessNo experience in farming? No problem! The Profitable Hobby Farm gives you all the tools you need to launch a thriving hobby farm business. Based on the author's expert guidance and the motivating experiences of other small farmers, it shows you how to blend strategy, marketing, and money management in order to prosper. The Profitable Hobby Farm provides sound, friendly start-up advice on a variety of topics essential to making an initial foray into a local foods venture. A must-read book for raising and selling local, sustainable foods Includes sample business plan, grant application, marketing and advertising plan, and other forms Lengthy resources section directs you to additional reading Also by Aubrey: Starting & Running Your Own Small Farm BusinessWhether it's growing heirloom tomatoes, raising free-range chickens for their eggs, or making organic wine or cheese, this book shows you how to turn your hobby into a profit.

30 review for The Profitable Hobby Farm, How to Build a Sustainable Local Foods Business

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cassi aka Snow White Haggard

    This falls into the category of "really random things I read" but actually I liked it. Sometimes I'm tempted by the farm lifestyle. After reading the book I am still tempted to move that direction someday but for now I haven't found a niche that is calling to me. (Well I really like my backyard tea but I've never dried it so I don't even know if it's good that way). It's interesting to think about your food and where it comes from. I enjoy the local foods. Unfortunately I work most Saturdays and This falls into the category of "really random things I read" but actually I liked it. Sometimes I'm tempted by the farm lifestyle. After reading the book I am still tempted to move that direction someday but for now I haven't found a niche that is calling to me. (Well I really like my backyard tea but I've never dried it so I don't even know if it's good that way). It's interesting to think about your food and where it comes from. I enjoy the local foods. Unfortunately I work most Saturdays and the few I have off I rarely wake up in time for the Farmer's Market. But there's something that's so natural and healthy about growing at least some of your own food. This book profiled a couple of "Kentucky Proud" products. I've bought quite a few Kentucky Proud items and have never been dissatisfied. I think some of the lessons about marketing and customer retention could translate into almost any profession.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    Such a useful, informative book. There was only one chapter (about cooperatives) of the book that wasn't useful to me, but that's purely personal preference. I learned so much from the personal experiences of the author and the business owners throughout the book. I loved getting to know them and reading about their mistakes, successes, and advice. I'm unfortunately a long way off from having a hobby farm right now, but this book has given me a lot to think about and work on. I'd recommend this Such a useful, informative book. There was only one chapter (about cooperatives) of the book that wasn't useful to me, but that's purely personal preference. I learned so much from the personal experiences of the author and the business owners throughout the book. I loved getting to know them and reading about their mistakes, successes, and advice. I'm unfortunately a long way off from having a hobby farm right now, but this book has given me a lot to think about and work on. I'd recommend this book to people wanting a hobby farm someday, those who are just starting out, or those who need a bit of a refresher on business basics.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Linda Rose

    I love to dream about the future and this will help you. Great audio presentation. I thought she said she was going to talk about nonprofits, but she never did (maybe it was during the space when I fell asleep.) Honestly she convinced me not to try and be a farmer, by being realistic about the challenges people have faced. It would be interesting to read her earlier business books. She kept saying there were things she would not explain in depth about small businesses because she had already wri I love to dream about the future and this will help you. Great audio presentation. I thought she said she was going to talk about nonprofits, but she never did (maybe it was during the space when I fell asleep.) Honestly she convinced me not to try and be a farmer, by being realistic about the challenges people have faced. It would be interesting to read her earlier business books. She kept saying there were things she would not explain in depth about small businesses because she had already written a book about that. Starting a business can cost you a lot, but dreaming is free!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Beth Aubrey

    Here is a review from my website: http://www.sarahbethaubrey.com “Your book is great! I was interviewing Suzie at Salem Farms (profiled in the book) and she mentioned your book so I got a copy and loved it. You have a very conversational writing style and, as someone who owned a business for 15 years, your advice is right on target--very realistic.”
- Going-Local blogger, Victoria Wesseler in Indiana. Here is a review from my website: http://www.sarahbethaubrey.com “Your book is great! I was interviewing Suzie at Salem Farms (profiled in the book) and she mentioned your book so I got a copy and loved it. You have a very conversational writing style and, as someone who owned a business for 15 years, your advice is right on target--very realistic.”
- Going-Local blogger, Victoria Wesseler in Indiana.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    This book takes itself seriously. It was like sitting in on an incredibly entertaining crash course for how to actually make a small farm business work. Lots of good leads for further information, too. I enjoyed that each section featured someone's situation that could help flesh out the concepts being covered. Super book. This book takes itself seriously. It was like sitting in on an incredibly entertaining crash course for how to actually make a small farm business work. Lots of good leads for further information, too. I enjoyed that each section featured someone's situation that could help flesh out the concepts being covered. Super book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Stabenow

    Really great book, easy to read and loaded with useful information. I really enjoyed how the author went out of her way to include actual working farms as examples. Overall very enjoyable, this is one of those books I'll use when I am ready to make my hobby farm profitable. Really great book, easy to read and loaded with useful information. I really enjoyed how the author went out of her way to include actual working farms as examples. Overall very enjoyable, this is one of those books I'll use when I am ready to make my hobby farm profitable.

  7. 5 out of 5

    LeeFrances

    This book contained exactly the information I've been looking for about starting a farm. It gave advice, resources, and personal accounts that made me feel good. I skipped pages 124 to 222 because they were about selling and marketing, a step which I am extremely far from right now. This book contained exactly the information I've been looking for about starting a farm. It gave advice, resources, and personal accounts that made me feel good. I skipped pages 124 to 222 because they were about selling and marketing, a step which I am extremely far from right now.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Although I find it difficult to really read anything in-depth onscreen, this ebook was packed with solid info. Maybe I was just especially motivated to soldier through despite continually losing my place on the screen, because this is a topic dear to my heart...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Clement Ongera

    Having read the book I'm considering planting flowers and see where this goes. Having read the book I'm considering planting flowers and see where this goes.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Amy R

    Very informative, but at the end of the day, you'll still need to acquaint yourself with your local laws and ordinances. Very informative, but at the end of the day, you'll still need to acquaint yourself with your local laws and ordinances.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    Interesting little book I picked up at a flea market for $3, and have enjoyed greatly. Having recently purchased a few acres of land, the book has set us dreaming on what we can turn it into.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Great basic information for making your small acreage start paying for itself. Broad spectrum of ideas and information.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Great book for any farmer to read! wish I owned this one for reference.

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    Shelley

  15. 4 out of 5

    Gary Ammirati

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    Missy

  20. 4 out of 5

    Deepak Nangamangalam

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    Mujib Rahman

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    Monica Tierney

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