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Books, Manuals and Resource Guides

The Resource Guide for Vermont's New and Aspiring Farmers

This guide was developed by the member organizations of the Vermont New Farmer Network to better connect beginning farmers with agencies and organizations that serve them.

Originally a print publication, the guide is now available online at the UVM New Farmer Project website. The guide discusses four common challenges that new and aspiring farmers may face: access to capital; access to production knowledge; access to land; and access to markets. Each of these sections examine considerations and resources available within the state and region to address that access topic.

The guide also provides descriptions of Vermont New Farmer Network member organizations. Each description includes an overview of services, specifically how each organization serves new and aspiring farmers, and contact information. Please note that because the guide was last updated more than a year ago, some contact information may be outdated.

Additional sections provide overviews of farm credit availability and some considerations for managing and deriving income from farm woodlots.

Visit the Resource Guide for Vermont's New and Aspiring Farmers here.

Legal Guide to the Business of Farming in Vermont

This nine-chapter book addresses the legal structure of the farm business; farm transfer and estate planning; farmland tenure and leasing; and regulation of agriculture and land use, farm labor, organic agriculture, and on-farm food processing and marketing.

The guide is not a substitute for legal advice. Rather, it is a useful resource when developing a list of questions for an attorney, accountant, or farm service provider. Individuals may also use it to identify and address issues that need to be included in the farm's business plan or to become better informed consumers of legal or farm viability services. The Guide is provided in a PDF format on-line at no cost and is available in hard copy for a modest fee.

Get more information and download the Legal Guide to the Business of Farming.

Building a Sustainable Business: A Guide to Developing a Business Plan for Farms and Rural Businesses

This book is great resource for anyone working through the process of writing a business plan. The book brings the business planning process alive to help today’s alternative and sustainable agriculture entrepreneurs transform farm-grown inspiration into profitable enterprises. Sample worksheets lend a practical perspective and illustrate how real farm families set goals, researched processing alternatives, determined potential markets, and evaluated financing options. Blank worksheets help the reader develop a detailed, lender-ready business plan or map out strategies to take advantage of new opportunities. Order at SARE Outreach

Crop Rotation on Organic Farms: A Planning Manual

Crop Rotation on Organic Farms: A Planning Manual. SARE Outreach announces a new planning resource for farmers seeking sound, science-based guidelines for managing crop rotations in organic farming. The manual helps farmers use rotations to build better soil; control pests, weeds and diseases; and develop profitable farms. Consulting with expert organic farmers, the authors share rotation strategies that can be applied under various field conditions and with a wide range of crops.

Vermont Farm Women

Peter Miller’s Vermont Farm Women book remains a compelling portait of Vermont’s farm women, those who were born to farming families as well as those who came to farming from other backgrounds. A portion of proceeds from the book support the Vermont Farm Women’s Fund. You can find the book in Vermont bookstores, or at

Outstanding in Their Fields

Published by the University of California Small Farms Center this book highlights women's contributions to California agriculture. It on contains profiles seventeen women farmers and ranchers who dramatize the pioneering spirit, creativity and courage that animates much of the kinds of artisanal agriculture where women are leading the way. Order from <the University of California Small Farm Center.

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