Most farmers do some kind of planning on their farms nearly every day. Whole Farm Planning is distinct from other farm planning approaches because it ties all the planning you do together for the whole farm. This holistic approach is based on the short and long-term vision you and your family has for itself and the farm. Following the whole farm planning process actively helps beginning farmers tailor farming goals and actions over time to best fit needs and preferences for long-term viability. The whole farm plan is much more than a plan – it is a process for short-term and long-term decision making and evaluation that takes into consideration of the whole farm. Beginning farmers who use a Whole Farm Planning approach to farm start-up are in a good position to maintain or improve profitability while enhancing their sustainability. Whole Farm Planning can also lead to protection and enhancement of the quality of soil, water, and other natural resources on and near the farm. More importantly, the planning process helps beginning farmers define long and short term goals. These goals can help you improve your chances of a better quality of life at home and in your community.
Virginia Whole Farm Planning Programs
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