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Welcome to Growing for Market!

Growing for Market is America's most respected trade publication for local food producers. GFM keeps you informed about the business of growing and selling vegetables, fruits, cut flowers, plants, herbs, and other food products. If you are market gardening or farming, whatever your scale, we guarantee you'll find valuable information that will help make your business more profitable and enjoyable. Please join us today!

In the September issue:

  • Lean principles can make a farm more pleasant and profitable. Learn three strategies for streamlining your workflow and making employees more efficient.
  • Book Review: The Lean Farm by Ben Hartman
  • Fencing out wildlife: The best options for each problem.
  • Farmer networks provide education, support, and friendship.
  • New financing option for packing sheds, coolers, and other postharvest needs.
  • Fall and winter planting will help spread bloom times next spring and early summer for cut flowers.

 

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cover of Homemade for SaleHomemade for Sale: How to Set Up and Market a Food Business from Your Home Kitchen

During the most recent recession, 42 states enacted cottage food laws to encourage the development of small businesses. While the details vary from state to state, in general these laws allow small-scale production and sale of homemade food products, providing an opportunity for market farmers to extend their seasons and increase their profits. This book is a great starting point for understanding the laws and getting ideas for a new sideline on your farm.

 






cover of Market Farming SuccessMarket Farming Success (Second Edition)
by Lynn Byczynski

This is a newly revised and expanded edition of the bestselling introduction to the business end of market farming. Condensing decades of growiing experience from every part of the United States and Canada, it identifies key areas that usually trip up beginners and shows growers how to avoid common obstacles.

cover of The Market Gardener

 


The Market Gardener: A Successful Grower's Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming 
by Jean-Martin Fortier
A detailed look at a very small farm in Quebec, including crop plans and financial details. Prescriptive for some people, enlightening for all. 


cover of The Organic Seed GrowerThe Organic Seed Grower by John Navazio

A comprehensive manual for organic vegetable growers who would like to grow high-quality seed for their own use or to sell to seed companies. Clear instruction in growing vegetables for seed, selecting the best plants for local conditions, harvesting and processing seeds.

Getting a high tunnel? We have the resources you need to succeed year-round.

Hoophouse Handbook - Second Edition, Revised and Expanded

Year-Round Vegetable Production Box Set: Includes Winter Harvest Handbook and a DVD of a workshop presented by Eliot Coleman about his year-round production of vegetables in hoophouses and low tunnels.

Walking to Spring: Paul and Alison Wiediger explain their year-round use of hoophouses at their farm in Kentucky.


Interested in growing flowers? Start here!

Growing for Market is Information Central for Cut Flowers. Our editor and publisher, Lynn Byczynski, wrote the book on small-scale commercial cut flower production: The Flower Farmer: An Organic Grower's Guide to Raising and Selling Cut Flowers. To purchase a signed copy, Click here

Every issue of GFM has a column by the best flower growers in the U.S. Erin Benzakein, who is both a grower and a talented floral designer, is our current columnist. You can read her by becoming a subscriber.

Frank and Pamela Arnosky wrote a regular flower column for Growing for Market for more than a decade. Their columns are collected in the book Local Color, available in print from the GFM bookstore. Or read it right now by downloading the E-book! We also sell Specialty Cut Flowers by Allan Armitage and Judy Laushman, which is the essential reference work on every kind of cut flower. You will open it every day in spring!

Cover of Local Color book cover of The Flower Farmer Specialty Cut Flowers cover

Crop Planning on Organic Vegetable Farms

Crop Planning Book

This book gives you a field-tested eleven step planning approach that will take some of the chaos out of your business and help you move towards profitability. In steps one and two, you’ll learn how to set realistic financial goals and figure out how to meet them through your marketing outlets. In steps three to eight, you will learn how to develop an actual crop plan. In step nine, you’ll learn how to implement your crop plan and record what actually happens in the field. In steps ten and eleven, you will analyze how your crop plan fared and start planning for next year.
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These articles have recently been added to Growing for Market Online

 

Dry flowers & grains to extend season

(in: Archive)
 

From zero to $100k in 2 years

(in: Archive)
 

New tool helps you select cover crops

(in: Archive)
 

Checklist for a successful garlic harvest

(in: Archive)
 

Together forever? Learning to farm as a couple

(in: Archive)
 

Build your business with photographs

(in: Archive)
 

Growing muskmelons, a.k.a. cantaloupes

(in: Archive)
 

A small farm in Ireland

(in: Archive)
 

Two options to keep records in the field

(in: Archive)
 

Proliferation of microbreweries creates abundant supply of mulching material

(in: Archive)
 
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