Tools and Publications
AgPlan is a free online business plan development tool that gives tips on components of the business plan and allows the user to share their plan with others.
Building a Sustainable Business: A Guide to Developing a Business Plan for Farms and Rural Businesses – This SARE publication brings the business planning process alive to help today’s alternative and sustainable agriculture entrepreneurs transform farm-grown inspiration into profitable enterprises.
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) – Business Planning and Whole Farm Planning Resources.
Developing a Business Plan: Penn State (pdf)
This publication will help you create your own business plan. It includes a discussion of the makeup of the plan and the information needed to develop a business plan. Pennsylvania State University, 2004
Market Vegetable Gardens: Planning for Success (pdf)
This publication presents an overview of what is involved with producing vegetables for profit, including field considerations such as soil fertility and greenhouse requirements, and financial aspects such as crop revenue, labor, and marketing. Examples illustrate how implementation might work for your situation. Washington State University, 2012
BC Planning For Profit Business Plan Guides
Business plan guides are available here for a variety of crop types.
Veggie Compass is an ongoing project at the University of Wisconsin Madison that involves the development of whole farm profit management tools and workshops directed to diversified organic fresh market vegetable growers.