Our big goal: Giving back to veterans

By Hannah Becker, Willow Springs Farm It’s that time of year— a new year, new goals. For many entrepreneurs, the end of one year and the beginning of the next is a time to reflect and clarify goals. What have we accomplished? Where are we headed? What’s the best way to get there? A quick recap of 2015 Willow Springs Farm has developed from a 24-page business plan to an actual farm. This time last year, I recall telling my husband that, “if... Read More

Our farm is debt free … but that wasn’t the plan

By Hannah Becker, Willow Springs Farm Like many startups, my farm’s business plan has been tweaked a time or two. Initially, I wanted to start a commercial cow-calf operation, but I was unable to secure the financing necessary to get it off the ground. So instead I decided to explore a grass-fed beef operation and direct marketing opportunities, which offered lower startup costs plus higher profit margins. The downside was, the production cycle... Read More

Upcoming Online Business Seminars through the National Good Food Network

Feeling like you want to brush up your farm-business skills? A few online educational opportunities are coming up from the Wallace Center’s National Good Food Network – check them out!  May 31, 2012 at 9 AM Eastern: The One Page Business Plan and One Page Financial Plan No matter what type of farm or food enterprise you envision, a business plan will serve you well. In this webinar, we will introduce the One-Page Business Plan and the One-Page... Read More