We continue our celebration of Practical Farmers of Iowa’s Cooperators’ Program’s 30th anniversary with another installment of our “Better Know an On-Farm Research Project” series. Previously, we featured Vic Madsen discussing strip trials that investigated N fertilizer rates for corn and Dave Lubben discussing some of the biological and alternative amendments he tried for corn […]
May 4, 2017
In a Nutshell
• 12 fruit and vegetable farms provided a
profit-loss statement and simple balance
sheet for 2014.
• Four of the 12 are meeting their personal
expectations for profitability.
• Seven of the participating farms also
provided data for Year 1 (2013)
• Number of years farming as a business
ranged from 1 – 35 years.
• The range (difference between highest
and lowest reported values) is large for
many aggregated categories. Averages
(and medians) with large ranges associated
should not be used as benchmark
• No two farm financial strategies or situations
are the same. This report serves
as a starting point for profitability conversations,
and for farmers to compare
their own numbers with their peers.
• For six farms whose largest market was
Summer CSA, they earned, on average,
68 percent of their total revenue
through Summer CSA.
• All participating farms had debt to asset
ratios <0.62. • Net income ratios among farms ranged from -0.11 to 0.83. • Gross income per acre ranged from $3,020 to $30,191. • The conclusion of the report includes reflections from four participating farmers on their numbers, financial strategy, and using this report.
April 27, 2017
December 21, 2016
Susan Jutz bought her farm, ZJ Farm, in the hills outside Solon on April Fools Day, 1994. She wanted to grow food for people, despite the skepticism of her neighbors. For the next 20 years, she proved them wrong, building a strong farm and community of workers, volunteers and CSA members who called Local Harvest CSA […]
August 2, 2016
More local foods producers can be found on PFI’s Local Foods page. It’s that time of year – to sign up for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share! Websites like Local Harvest offer a search function that can help you find someone in your area, and the Leopold Center does an annual CSA list… but […]
March 9, 2016
February 24, 2016
It was cold. It was snowy. Several cars needed two attempts at the dirt road’s final hill. But once the thirty-six CSA farmers had introduced themselves and settled in for some conversation, everything was on track. Practical Farmers has hosted several CSA Mini-Schools in the past, most recently in December 2013. Those events were tailored […]
February 17, 2016
Registration is now open for the 2016 Practical Farmers CSA Workshop Retreat, February 5 – 6, at the Pilgrim Heights Retreat Center in Montour. Attendees will be divided into an “Experienced” group (at least three years experience managing a CSA) and an “Exploratory” group (those in their first years or new to CSA management).
December 28, 2015
Laura Krouse has been farming at Abbe Hills Farm since 1988, and for the last 20 years has run a CSA with twice-weekly pickup at her farm for 200 families. Her field day was a tour through her fall crop fields, where she grows a variety of kale, arugula, bok choy, lettuce, cabbage, beans, squash, […]
November 13, 2015