Business Planning Resources


People usually complete a business plan to secure funding from either banks or family. But it’s also a way to harness and focus your creative energy while planning your farm.

A business plan can help you share your ideas with others, and gives supporters the information they need to help you.

Business Planning for Small-Scale Community Farming Enterprises (228 kb)

This business planning template has been assembled by a farmer with the small farmer in mind. It is a simple and personal exercise that helps lead a new or experienced farmer into a farming venture.

All aspects of local marketing, farm operations and financial documentation are covered. Separate sections address values, goals and interpersonal issues – all important factors in a small enterprise. By completing this business planning template, you will have assembled a powerful planning and communication tool.

We would like to acknowledge and thank the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture for leading the way in this field.

Grants and Loans for Farmers

Here is a list of grants and loans available to new and seasoned farmers. These programs can help you develop and launch your farm business with advice, training, or capital. You may also find assistance with finding solutions to your farm’s infrastructure and production challenge

Small Farm Business Case Studies

Small Farm Business Resources