Agritourism Enterprises on Your Farm or Ranch: Where to Start
by Holly George and Ellie Rilla about navigating the regulatory processes in California.
This PDF guide can be downloaded free.
New Farmer’s Guide: Cultivating Success at Farmers Markets
by Randii MacNear and Shelly G. Keller, is based on work supported by the Farmers Market Promotion Program, Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA, under a grant to the UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program.
The guide can be downloaded for free at New Farmer’s Guide: Cultivating Success at Farmers Markets
Since its publication in 1994, the Small Farm Handbook has been an essential resource for California’s small farmers and the agricultural professionals advising them – selling over 4300 copies. Now this invaluable reference has been updated and expanded for today’s small-scale producers.
This 188 page paperback is available for $25
Farmstead and Artisan Cheeses: A Guide to Building a Business
There is nothing like taking fresh, sweet milk and turning it into a lovely wheel of nutty, aged Gouda or a wonderful, tangy chèvre with herbs—but can you make a living as a cheesemaker?
Navigating the start-up of any business is hard work, but cheesemaking has its own special challenges. While many other publications address cheesemaking itself, Farmstead and Artisan Cheeses walks you, as a beginning cheesemaker, through the steps necessary to decide if cheesemaking as a business is right for you.
This 148 page paperback is available for $28
Lays out recommendations for making California regulations work more effectively for farmers, the public and the environment. Success Story #1 comes from a collaborative effort by UCCE Sonoma's Agriculture Ombudsman, Karen Giovannini.
It may sounds simple, but the highest quality plants are first achieved from maintaining a clean growing environment, and no matter how clean you are, there may be room for improvement.
PDF by James Bethke, UCCE San Diego, Nov 2013