Crop Planning for Organic Vegetable Growers

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This book is a must read for vegetable growers of all scales – organic or not. It’s not easy to make a living growing and selling vegetables. 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. Simple right?

The book is interspersed with real world examples of vegetable operations across the country which showcase the importance of crop planning. It also contains a wealth of information in the form of vegetable reference charts. These can be modified for use in your own crop planning.

Table of Contents

1.      Set Your Financial Goals

2.      Develop a Marketing Plan

3.      Make Field Planting Schedules

4.      Create Crop Maps

5.      Choose Vegetable Varieties and Finalize Planting Schedule

6.      Generate Greenhouse Schedules

7.      Fill Out a Seed Order

8.      Make a Field Operations Calendar

9.      Carry Out the Crop Plan

10.   Analyse Crop Profitability

11.   Plan for Next Year

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Click here to read the introduction and sample page

What the reviewers had to say:

"I was relieved to find that this book is a really comprehensive step-by-step guide that provides little to bedevil the reader. The guide holds your hand as you walk backwards from your farm’s desired sales targets to your ultimate field operation calendar that outlines that week’s requirements for planting, ground preparation, and fertility management." - Vanessa Samur

Click here to read a review of Crop Planning by Lynn Byczynski from Growing for Market magazine

Crop Planning Template Downloads:

  • Model: 2-CP