[Market-farming] help with survey

Guy and Sandy Ashmore guy at thatguysfamilyfarm.com
Thu May 28 13:04:08 EDT 2015


Salt and Light,

Guy and Sandy Ashmore
That Guys Family Farm
www.thatguysfamilyfarm.com

On Thu, May 28, 2015 at 8:58 AM, Robert G. Hadad <rgh26 at cornell.edu> wrote:

>  Hi,
>
>     I am working on revising a cost of production workshop to be held next
> winter (should also have a web version). I am in need of some general
> information on what produce farmers pay themselves and workers on a per
> hour basis. There are some other questions on record keeping etc. This is
> quick short survey ( see below) requiring an X by the choice questions or
> short answer. Once complete, just email back. Thanks for your assistance.
>
>
>
> Robert Hadad
>
> Cornell Cooperative Extension
>
> Cornell University
>
> Cornell Vegetable Program
>
> Regional Vegetable Specialist
>
> 230 Hilltop Ln.
>
> Spencerport, NY 14559
>
> Rgh26 at cornell.edu
>
> 585-739-4065
>
>
>
>    I am revising a cost of production course to run this winter. Two
> major areas of focus is to establish the start-up costs for beginning
> farmers and to assist established farmers with increasing what they earn.
> Increasing what farmers earn is not the same as increasing profit, which we
> do want to see happen in a big way. Profit is what is left over after you
> subtract all costs from sales. Part of the cost of farming is paying
> yourself a living wage to start. The profit is what is left over that can
> be invested back into the business for expansion, buying equipment, putting
> money away in savings, etc.
>
>
>
> Please respond to the following questions and send the responses back to
> my email address (don’t hit REPLY ALL!). I am only interested the numbers
> not who sent them. The data will be used to revise a training course for
> farmers in better business management.  Thanks for your support.
>
>
>
> 1) Are you a vegetable grower primarily?  x     Y
>
>     Are you a fruit grower primarily?                 Y
>
>     Do you raise both vegetables and fruit?     Y
>
>     Do you raise primarily livestock or dairy?   Y
>
>     Do you do some of everything?                    Y
>
>
>
> 2) Do you specifically pay yourself a weekly/monthly wage for the hours
> you put into the business?  In other words, if you were to calculate your
> cost of production, would you itemize your hourly wage in the
> calculation?        Y   xN
>
>
>
> 3) If you do pay yourself, how much per hour*?   Less than
> $5               $6-$10          $11- $15        greater than $15*
>
>
>
> 4) If you don’t pay yourself specifically and just take the money made
> from sales, throw it in your checking account and pay things out from that,
> how much do you think you are making per hour?  Seriously, think about this
> before you answer:
>
> *Less than $2.50            x$3-$5               $6-$10          $11-
> $15        greater than $15*
>
>
>
> 5) Do you keep records of expenses and sales?   xY   N
>
> 6) Do you keep a sales inventory?   xY    N
>
>
>
> 7) Do you set your prices based on what you know what it costs to produce
> each item?y
>
>
>
> 8) If not, then  a) do you guess at a price             b)  look to see
> what the super markets charge                        c) look to see what
> your competition charges
>
>
>
> 9) If you have workers, what do you pay them hourly?  Less than $2.50
>        $3-$5               x$6-$10          $11- $15        greater than $15
>
> 10) Do you think you are making a profit at the end of the season?  xY
> N     How do know?   xKeep records  and hand calculate         use a
> spreadsheet                      use an accountant
>
> have an app for that
>
>
>
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