[Market-farming] opportunity maybe/ where to start

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Tue Nov 10 10:21:28 EST 2009


Thanks so much for the business plan!  The timing was perfect for me and it looks like this is a great resource.


-----Original Message-----
From: Maggie Palmer <maggiepalmer at wyoming.com>
To: 'Margaret L. Wilson' <booldawgs at frontiernet.net>; 'Market Farming' <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Mon, Nov 9, 2009 9:35 pm
Subject: Re: [Market-farming] opportunity maybe/ where to start



This is 
the best Farm Biz Plan that I have found....





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group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.  Indeed, it 
is the only thing that ever has."

~ Margaret Mead


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[mailto:market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Margaret 
L. Wilson
Sent: Monday, November 09, 2009 7:56 AM
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Subject: Re: [Market-farming] opportunity maybe/ where to 
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Very good points, thanks.  I 
have most, if not all, of Joel's books in my storage in Oregon.  I also 
have Eliot Coleman's and most of the other useful books.  Our ranch/farm 
business in Oregon is part of our LLC so we can add his 
potential business  to it and have liability coverage.  Flowers, 
rather than food might be safer.

I used to live in Sonoma County, CA 
when it was very small farm/farmer oriented. It has changed a great 
deal but is still "country".  It is very "food" oriented, especially organic, 
sustainable ad local.  The competition will be tough I 

He has dairies right up the road, an 
alpaca farm across the fence, horses and goats, across the road so the zoning 
should be okay. I will confirm it.  Much of the best farm land in California has been covered by 
Mcmansions.  The housing crash has put a stop to that, at least for a 
while, I hope.

It is one of the easiest places to 
garden that I have ever lived.  The climate is wonderful. My biggest 
concern has been water. It will probably need an irrigation 
well.  The soil is adobe 
but I have dealt with it before.  A good green manure, soil 
builder seeding should  be planted now before the winter rains 
start.  It is set-up pretty well with the houses close together.  It 
has 4? acres that are still usable.


DH and I are helping him buy the ex 
out so I have more than a passing interest in the project.   A 
business plan is probably one of the first steps.  I need to go walk it and 
take a hard, hard look at everything.  It doesn't have to completely 
support either family just help with the payments


Thanks again


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