[Market-farming] CSA start-up

E C GRANATA elainegranata at msn.com
Mon Nov 26 15:15:35 EST 2007


Bill, and the list:  I followed this link and read the report-- one finding was that CSAs had the highest net cash per acre and the highest net cash to gross ratios.  Another reason to consider them, and a trade off for the stress and demands.

Elaine
Denver
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Krystle Chung<mailto:learning at selfmadefarmer.com> 
  To: frshstrt at baldwin-telecom.net<mailto:frshstrt at baldwin-telecom.net> ; Market Farming<mailto:market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org> 
  Sent: Sunday, November 25, 2007 11:25 AM
  Subject: Re: [Market-farming] CSA start-up


  Hi Lu,

  I highly recommend a 2005 publication titled "Grower to grower:
  Creating a livelihood on a fresh market vegetable farm" published by
  the University of Wisconsin. It's a case study of 19 Wisconsin growers
  and their financial breakdown (gross sales per acre, net income per
  acre, hourly wage for owner, etc.). There are many valuable insights
  in there (such as a list of equipment and expenses for farms of
  various sizes) that would be valuable to anyone interested in
  vegetable farming, but it's especially relevant if you live and farm
  in Wisconsin.

  Here's a link to the PDF file:

  http://www.cias.wisc.edu/pdf/grwr2grwr.pdf<http://www.cias.wisc.edu/pdf/grwr2grwr.pdf>

  Best of luck and keep us posted,

  Krystle

  About me - http://www.SelfmadeFarmer.com<http://www.selfmadefarmer.com/>
  Notes/research - http://www.SelfmadeFarmer.wordpress.com<http://www.selfmadefarmer.wordpress.com/>


  On Nov 25, 2007 10:17 AM,  <frshstrt at baldwin-telecom.net<mailto:frshstrt at baldwin-telecom.net>> wrote:
  > Hi Everyone,  I'm toying with the thought of starting a small CSA.  For
  > those of you who do this-  I need to know how many weeks,  how much cost
  > per share and about how much  per week in that share.  Any hints are
  > helpful.  Thanks,  Lu in Wisconsin
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