November 10, 2014

Marketing Beef for Small-Scale Producers

If you are a small‐scale producer, direct marketing your beef in halves, quarters, and bundles is the best way to be profitable. Here, Mike Lorentz and Arion Thiboumery give you answers to questions customers might ask, and tips for bundling your product and getting going with direct marketing.

November 3, 2014

“Where’s the beef?”: Explaining to Your Customers That the Butcher Didn’t Keep It

The difference between live weight, hanging weight, and what a customer takes to the freezer can lead to confusion. Here’s a resource you can use to create the right expectations for your customers.

October 13, 2014

Labeling Your Grass Fed Beef – Here’s What You Need To Make It Easy

Grass Run Farms did the leg work to make it easier for you to put a label on your grass fed beef that helps show its value when compared with conventional beef.

August 11, 2014

Successful Selling at Farmers Markets

Did you miss out on this year’s Farmers Markets?  Are you wondering if this is for you and what it takes to get started?  Or did you try out this sales venue and are looking for ways to improve your sales?  The answers to your questions can be found in Nada Haddad’s 12 page fact […]

August 4, 2014

How To Start A Grass-Fed Beef Cooperative

This is a work in progress. But if we all pitch in, it’s something that will help all of us who need the benefits of a good co-op.

August 4, 2014

Grass-fed Beef and Milk Is Healthier

When a scientist says something works, or is better, it’s based on what research has demonstrated, or at least what it has demonstrated up to that point in time.  So when the Union of Concerned Scientists says that you can safely claim that grass-fed beef and milk is better than their conventionally raised counterparts, you can take […]

July 14, 2014

Getting That Local Food Into Town

This isn’t really a how to. It’s a how not. Sometimes we need those too. It helps us think about solutions that will work for us all.

June 16, 2014

How To Direct Market Your Beef

If you’ve been thinking about direct marketing your beef, here’s a great resource written by an Arizona rancher that will give you what you need to get started.

June 2, 2014

Sell Your Products Without Leaving Home

Home Grown Cow is America’s first and only national online farmers’ market for meat, poultry, and cheese offering local pick-up or door-to-door delivery. Farmers list and price their products themselves. Customers shop for what they like, place an order, and Home Grown Cow takes care of the delivery.

May 26, 2014

Homegrown by Heroes

Just in time for Memorial Day, the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) announced the national launch of the Homegrown by Heroes Initiative.  It’s a product labeling program that complements the FVC’s work to help veterans of all eras be successful farmers and ranchers.  The Homegrown by Heroes label will appear on agricultural products raised by those […]

April 28, 2014

Farmstand – An App Helping Farmers and Foodies Get the Word Out

If word of mouth is the very best way to spread information, then Farmstand could be one of the best ways for Farmers Markets to grow.  The simple app allows farmers, customers, and market managers to post information in a way that encourages more folks to come to the market and buy local food. Here’s […]

March 3, 2014

Risk Sharing Implications for Today’s CSA Farm

Considering a CSA? Here, Mark shares different CSA options and how they distribute risk among the farmer and the consumer so you can figure out what could work for you.

February 24, 2014

Finding New Markets – the Imperial Ranch Story

You asked for more farmer profiles and examples of how other producers make things work. So here you go! This is a really great example of how to look at what you’re raising in a new way so that you can find and serve new markets. Regardless of what you produce, you can use their example to think of new ways to improve your own success.

January 6, 2014

Choosing/Finding a Meat Processor

Finding a meat processor that works for you can be a challenge. Here Sandra shares her experiences and some great tips for finding and working with the right shop.

December 2, 2013

Small-farm “Egg-onomics”

Josh shares the facts and figures of raising pasture-raised, free-range, organic-fed hen eggs. It’s math that can really help you understand your inputs and what you should be charging for that dozen of eggs you collect from your chickens.

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