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Neith Little, Extension Agent, Urban Agriculture

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Does any of this sound familiar?

It’s been raining for weeks, the weeds are strangling your crops, it seems like there are fewer customers at the farmers market every week, your landlord just called to say your rent is going up, your summer helpers decided they would rather work indoors, and on top of it all that unrealistic Extension Agent keeps bugging you to write a business plan.

If you recognize yourself in the above paragraph, you’re not alone. Surviving the day-to-day challenges of farming can be overwhelming, leaving you exhausted and struggling to remember why you started in the first place.

The purpose of this guidebook is to help current and aspiring urban farmers move from crisis management to proactive risk management. As an urban farmer or urban ag entrepreneur, it’s easy to spend all your time putting out metaphorical (or literal!) fires, triaging your To Do list, and chasing that fabled big grant or trendy new crop that you hope will solve all your financial problems. But by investing the time to clarify your goals, and what steps you need to take to achieve them, you will be better able to achieve financial stability and prevent yourself from burning out.

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This material is based upon work supported by USDA/NIFA under Award Number 2015-49200-24225 through Northeast Extension Risk Management.

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