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For the Beginner: An Excerpt from Farms With a Future

For the Beginner: An Excerpt from Farms With a Future

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What is a farm with a future? What will make it sustainable and resilient? And what key qualities and skills does a farmer need in today’s climate to be successful? Rebecca Thistlethwaite addresses these and other crucial questions in this must-read book for anyone aspiring to get into small to mid-scale market farming, or who wants to make their existing farm more dynamic, profitable, and, above all, sustainable.

What is a farm with a future? What will make it sustainable and resilient? And what key qualities and skills does a farmer need in today’s climate to be successful? Rebecca Thistlethwaite addresses these and other crucial questions in this must-read book for anyone aspiring to get into small to mid-scale market farming, or who wants to make their existing farm more dynamic, profitable, and, above all, sustainable.

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09/17/2013

 
Farms
 
with a
 
Future
Creating and Growing aSustainable Farm Business
Rebecca ThisTleThwaiTe
Foreword by Richard Wiswall
S
 
• vii •
foreword
Starting a arm s  du sk. Keep oe u s o less e. I c, s occupos o,  s oe o he oe chlle- wys o ke  lv. Ad ye people e ced o ,d y succeed  . You pobbly pcked hs book becuse youh be hk o dpp  you b oe o es he  wes, o ybe you e ledy  kee deep d w soe ud-ce. I ehe cse hs book s o you.O he yd o esouces vlble o s d u  ,y e ood souces o oo o pcul specs o -  —such s sol scece, ely, cop s, l ce, dke, o e  ew. Rely does  book efecvely ecopssll he ces o he whole  d how o p  ou   cle dcocse sho. Rebecc’s book,
Farms with a Future 
, does pecsely hsd ckles he cucl ssues eeded o s   d keep  hv.I e Rebecc  ew yes o   coeece h she ws o-z o help es wh he busess sde o . As  ehesel she uvely kows he joys d plls o   le.She s hoes bou he eles
. Lots of hard work— 
check.
Learning curve is very steep 
—check.
Tings get hectic— 
check.
Changing markets can be frustrating— 
check.
 Nature deals out some surprises— 
check. Budespe he poel shps, Rebecc ehussclly edoses s  vble, eul, d pooud occupo.
Working outdoors, being intimately involved with nature, taking joy in raising  plants and animals, interacting with people through an honest business,adhering to green values, being autonomous, reaping the fruits of your labor— 
checke.“I w you o ” pocls Rebecc,  ese o heposve sce o . Be es ely he h e-couee, especlly whe  s bcked up by  od p h ledso  success.
Farms with a Future 
coves ll he bses, peseed  esy-o-ed syle. Whee else wll you d soeoe dvoch es o oly keep  eye owd sey bu lso py heedo he ow physcl s well s cl ess? Rebecc cludespoles o  wde e o dfee ypes o s, sp d
 
Farms with a Future
• viii •
elhe soes o es coss he Ued Ses d he s-sues h coo he. All es evewed ofe he dvceo be es d keys o success, whch ke o soe ve vluble shd coch. Soe ecoedos h esshe hve sl hees: o exple,
“Start small before going big-time into a farming venture.” 
O
“Don’t try to do everything at once,
d “
 Expect hard work, but be smart about what you do.” 
I ws  be e oce, bu e hee decdes o -, I’ e close o he “old-e” ed o he couu. Ieebe he eey d excee o s up d y ew  veues, he joys d successes, d, yes, he lues (soees loso he). Ad I ws uly o he “y o do eveyh ll  oce.”Bu s wh y psso you hve, he ol you w o ech popels you owd houh hck d h. Whle hee s o oe “odel” , hee e coo sh successul s she. Ts book ofes up  bluep o hsuccess. Ejoy, d hppy .Rchd WswllCe FEs Mopele, Veo

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