Published Jan 20, 2012

Farminar Recording available now! Scale and Profit: a financial snapshot of three CSAs

By Luke Gran

Last Tuesday, January 17th, 74 folks participated in the live Farminar discussion about local fruit and vegetable production business scale and profit. Three farms, each with a different number of CSA members showed their farm finances – providing their profit and loss and balance sheets for review.

Blue Gate Farm : 40 members

Fair Share Farm : 100 members

Grinnell Heritage Farm : 220 members

All the farms are satisfied with their profit levels and have achieved what they set out to do with their farm businesses, demonstrating that there are many ways to develop a local food business and find success.

To view the complete farminar, go to this link.


Join in the next online seminar, Tuesday January 24, 2012 as we discuss pest management for organic fruit and vegetable production. For more information go to


Supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant # 2010-49400-21843