Free Finances and Management Worksheet for New Farms

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has put out a management and finances worksheet for organic farmers to test where they stand, entitled “Organic Farmers: Steps to Success.”  The tool first takes you through a series of questions on management skills and personal qualities needed to run the business so that you can see what needs improvement.  Under the financial side, it breaks down the details of the business’s financial... Read More

Bootstrap @ Bossy Acres – October Valentine

Karla harvesting for our last CSA share of the season On the last harvest and drop day for our community supported agriculture (CSA) program, the day felt like a quintessential Minnesota pre-winter blend of cold wind, to-the-bone chill and dark skies. But packing up those boxes and then seeing our CSA members for the end-of-season pickup, both of us felt surprisingly sunny. Read More  Read More

Bootstrap @ Bossy Acres – To Market, To Market

A few weekends ago, at Minneapolis’ always busy Mill City Farmers Market, our Bossy Acres booth was located just opposite two very established and respected growers and for about the millionth time this spring, I had to take a deep breath and trust that, somehow, everything would work out fine. Our presence at this very robust and well-known market had been months in the making, and thankfully, was made smoother by some “practice”... Read More

Bootstraps @ Bossy Acres – Introduction

A unique blend of urban and rural farming, Bossy Acres is based in Minneapolis and run by farm ninja Karla Pankow and her well-meaning partner Elizabeth Millard (who can’t quite plant a straight row yet, but I’m trying!). Read More  Read More

Organic farming profits improve in Minnesota in 2010

The profitability of organic farms in Minnesota improved in 2010 after a tough year in 2009, according to a new report by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA).  The median organic farmer received an income of $62,463 in 2010, which was more than six times the median income in 2009 and consistent with those in 2007 and 2008. Likewise, in 2010 the debt repayment capacity of organic farmers bounced back.  In 2009 Minnesota organic farms only... Read More