In a Nutshell
• 12 fruit and vegetable farms provided a
profit-loss statement and simple balance
sheet for 2014.
• Four of the 12 are meeting their personal
expectations for profitability.
• Seven of the participating farms also
provided data for Year 1 (2013)
• Number of years farming as a business
ranged from 1 – 35 years.
• The range (difference between highest
and lowest reported values) is large for
many aggregated categories. Averages
(and medians) with large ranges associated
should not be used as benchmark
• No two farm financial strategies or situations
are the same. This report serves
as a starting point for profitability conversations,
and for farmers to compare
their own numbers with their peers.
• For six farms whose largest market was
Summer CSA, they earned, on average,
68 percent of their total revenue
through Summer CSA.
• All participating farms had debt to asset
ratios <0.62. • Net income ratios among farms ranged from -0.11 to 0.83. • Gross income per acre ranged from $3,020 to $30,191. • The conclusion of the report includes reflections from four participating farmers on their numbers, financial strategy, and using this report.
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