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Beginning Farmer Success Guide Book

The Beginning Farmer Guidebook was developed as part of the Maryland Collaborative for Beginning Farmer Success program and is intended to be a resource for agricultural service providers and farmers in the region. The guide should be used as a companion to the Beginning Farmer Success website (this website) which contains additional resource material to support farmers in Maryland.

The Guidebook contains various publications often requested by beginning farmers. Each publication may be used as a standalone document or in conjunction with other material. Authorship of each publication is indicated on the actual document.

Please use the list of documents to the right in order to navigation through the book.

The Maryland Collaborative for Beginning Farmer Success builds on existing University of Maryland Extension resources and partnerships with Future Harvest-CASA; Southern MD Agriculture Development Commission, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, regional nonprofits, agricultural organizations, and experienced farmers to provide beginning farmers with easily accessible tools and practical experience-based training on farm production, marketing, land management, business planning, and financial resources.

Lead Author:
Ben Beale, Extension Educator, University of Maryland Extension-St. Mary’s County

Hannah Shear, Former Faculty Extension Assistant-UMD Beginning Farmer Program
Shannon Dill, Extension Educator, University of Maryland Extension-Talbot County

Suggestion or comments regarding this publication may be sent to

Maryland Beginning Farmer Guidebook

Farm EstablishmentFarm EquipmentEnterprise Selection

Business Planning


Appendices Business Planning Workbook

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