2. Small Farm Profitability: Tools & Tactics
Small can be beautiful – as long as you are effective and efficient in both your management and equipment. Josh Volk, writer for the publication Growing for Market, has extensive experience developing human- and tractor-scale systems to help farmers use limited resources wisely. Josh will share systems he has developed over the past fifteen years for planning, tracking and making decisions about everything from planning how much to plant when, to knowing when it's worth buying new tools. A portion of the talk will highlight simple tips and techniques for using basic computer spreadsheets to aid decision making and record keeping. Real-life examples of effective and farmer-oriented tools for planning, decision making and production will provide a solid foundation for small and midsized farms. Plus, Josh will explain how to care for both your body and your sanity when growing a wide diversity of crops on a commercial scale.