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Farm Marketing

No customers, no income.  It's true for every business and it's especially true for small farms and homesteads. This group will discuss all issues related to finding and keeping loyal customers for our farmstead products and services.

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Regulations

Started by Amanda Farr. Last reply by Kings Crest Farms Jun 4, 2012. 5 Replies

I was wondering if there were any state or federal regulations for farmers who sell at farmers markets?  I am really considering that for this year, but I do not know if I have to have inspections…Continue

How do you determine a fair and equitable price for my Heritage Breed Grass-fed Beef?

Started by B & B Family Farm. Last reply by Kings Crest Farms Jun 4, 2012. 4 Replies

Is it just me or do other people tend to talk about sales and marketing in the same breath?  With that in mind I was wondering how others are determining the pricing models of their grass-fed beef. …Continue

How Do You Do Your Farm Hours?

Started by Mrs. Knucker Hatch. Last reply by Mrs. Knucker Hatch Apr 27, 2012. 3 Replies

Hey fellow farmers!Big question for you all...how do you balance farm hours with personal life?  We have a family of six small children, my husband works from home, and we homeschool. So we pretty…Continue

Setting up "City Drop-offs"

Started by Jeff Hamons. Last reply by NHF Apr 22, 2012. 3 Replies

We are going to be setting up city drop offs as delivery for our products.  Our plan is to start with three strategically located drop-off points that we will deliver product to monthly for customers…Continue

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Comment by Ryan Parker on January 4, 2012 at 12:21am

Does anyone have any advice on how to increase "Like's" on Facebook or increase the number blog visits?  Or more importantly, how to get existing customers to read blog posts?

Comment by Walt on January 4, 2012 at 12:46am

The Practical Farmers of Iowa puts on a series of what they call "Farminars". These are free online discussions on a variety of farming topics. If you click on the events tab, there is a link to the faminar web page. From there, click the past farminar tab. Go done the list to the November 15th faminar titled How to better use Facebook to increase your farm’s sales. You can listen to a replay of that topic. While your there, check out the list of past and future farminars. There are a lot of topics that are useful to beginning farmers.

Comment by Ryan Parker on January 7, 2012 at 1:24am

Thank you much, I'll check it out!

 

Comment by Ellen Peavey on January 24, 2012 at 9:43am

  My name is Ellen and I live in north east Georgia. My question is how do I get the information out to the public that I have eggs for sale?

Comment by Closer Walk Farmstead on January 24, 2012 at 10:06am

Ellen - we used small flyers at the local convenience stores, farm store, etc. Also placed ads on Craigslist and our farm's Facebook page. Once we had regular weekly customers we just about couldn't keep up...

Comment by Jodie Westwood on January 24, 2012 at 10:10am

Morning Ellen!  I've been trying to sell eggs for 4 months, never expecting to have 2 dozen per day out of my hens.  Istarted out bartering with a local food wholesale, but the season ended before I could count to 10.  Could sell at my local farmer's market but they too are out of season.  Next - calling the area health food stores.  I did check with my USDA rep and there are no regulations for this area concerning selling small farm organic eggs.

Comment by Mavenjoy on January 24, 2012 at 10:13am

Hi Ellen -- having set out on the search to find locally-sourced farm eggs and other local eats quite often, we've compiled a list of directories and sites where you can search zip codes, cit.... and where you can post your info too. You might consider adding your listing and contact information to some of the guides and directories listed there.  You might also reach out to other area egg suppliers that you find on those lists too. As a fellow Georgian who has been fortunate to find local sources, I can tell you that they often run out of supply from time to time and are really good about referring to other local suppliers in the area.  Local restaurants might be potential buyers too. You might also want to let your local health food stores, wellness doctors/chiropractors and others who might extol the benefits of healthy eating know that you are offering eggs -- they're a natural "go to" for people seeking local foods.  Consider your library and community bulletin boards too. And finally, you might seek out CSA's in your area who might be interested in adding eggs to their weekly share for their customers -- that would you give you an instant customer base and consistent demand for your eggs.  Good luck! 

Comment by Ellen Peavey on January 24, 2012 at 11:36am

    Thanks Carolyn that is really some good information I will start looking into the things you have mentioned

Comment by Ellen Peavey on January 24, 2012 at 11:39am

  Thanks Jodie , I will look into the local Farmers Market as soon as they open up in the spring. I will have to check with the USDA rep here in Georgia to see if there are any regulations, good information have to get busy

Comment by Ellen Peavey on January 24, 2012 at 11:41am

 Thanks Closer Walk Farmstead more ideas to add to the list this is great

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