2 Types of Basic Market Research for New Farmers

Posted by Amy Storey on May 18, 2015

Market research matters for local farmers

Many new farmers make the mistake of planning their facility and learning to growm but neglecting a factor that defines the success of their farm: demand!

As a small farmer, one of your greatest advantages is your ability to satisfy demand in a local, personal way. As Chris Michael says,

 

"The whole reason you’re building a vertical farm is to grow crops closer to market and meet the demand for fresher food. If demand doesn’t exist, then Poof! There goes your business feasibility." 

 

To identify that demand, new farmers research their markets.

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Quick Tip: Growing Microgreens for Upstart Farmers

Posted by Amy Storey on May 5, 2015

What are microgreens?

Microgreens are densely planted seedlings (bigger than a sprout, smaller than a mature plant) that are usually a leafy green or crops with dramatic flavors like radishes or peas.

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Crowdfund Your Farm Successfully [Free Webinar]

Posted by Amy Storey on May 4, 2015

Crowdfund Your Farm Successfully [Free Webinar]

If you've heard of some of the crazy success stories of crowdfunding, you might be considering trying it out on your farm.

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Quick Tip: How to Tell if a Market is Worth Attacking

Posted by Amy Storey on April 27, 2015

For beginning small farmers, choosing which markets to approach can be a daunting task. If you're having difficulty knowing whether or not one of your market options is worth your efforts, check out this quick tip from Dr. Nate.

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Meet Barnraiser: Kickstarter for Farmers - Interview with CEO Eileen Gordon

Posted by Chris Michael on April 23, 2015

 

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Is Monocropping Rewarding or Risky?

Posted by Elijah Kruse on April 16, 2015

Single-crop cultivation is a common plan-of-attack

Which crops are best to grow in commercial ZipGrow systems? If you have read through our crop list and production estimates resources you know that just about anything will grow in a ZipGrow tower, but the crop that usually catches the new Upstart Farmer’s eye is sweet basil.

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Quick Tip: What is the first market that I should attack?

Posted by Amy Storey on March 30, 2015

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Why You Should Think About Crowdfunding Your Farm

Posted by Chris Michael on March 30, 2015

What is Crowdfunding? How does it work?

Crowdfunding is all the rage these days, and for good reason; it has helped bring forth some innovative and high-impact products and services. Find out more about crowdfunding from the experts at Barnraiser, who joined us for a free webinar: Mastering Crowdfunding: How to Maximize Your Campaigns Success.

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Upstart University: Farm Training From Start to Finish

Posted by Amy Storey on March 16, 2015

Have you ever indulged in the dream of farming?

Join the club.

Thousands of people dream of starting a farm only to discard the idea because it is too far fetched.

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Planning Your Farm: Calculating Farm Expenses

Posted by Elesif Smith on February 11, 2015

Calculating expenses helps grasp your farm's potential

If you read our post on estimating farm revenue, you may be tempted to stop there. But if you want anything close to a realistic look forward, you must compare that revenue to your farm expenses.

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