Andy Pressman of the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) presented this seminar which offered a realistic look at what it takes to become a successful small farm.
The key focus was that planning is crucial. They discussed market analysis, target goals, mission statements, production plans and finances. We were informed about about high value vs. low value crops, inter-cropping and crop planning. The seminar covered many aspects of where to sell, what to sell and how to sell your locally produced vegetables. We came away with lots of helpful information and tips for how to be a successful small farm.
Andy has been with NCAT since 2007 as a Sustainable Agriculture Specialist, working in the fields of organic crop production, season extension, local foods, urban agriculture, and farm energy. Andy has a MS degree in Sustainable Systems from Slippery Rock University and has a background in small-scale intensive production systems, including Permaculture design, Grow-Biointensive, and SPIN-Farming. He has extensive experience in market farming and has worked on and managed diversified farms in Ohio, Vermont, Colorado, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. (from the NCAT website.)