Keys to Success for Start-Up Farms

Do certain factors predict success or failure in the start-up farming operation, and if so, can we use this information to make recommendations to beginning farmers? This article, written by Groundswell advisor Gil Gillespie, discusses some of the challenges and keys to success for start-up farms in the Northeast region. Predictive factors in the farm’s social context, the personal characteristics of the farm operator, and the farm business’s attributes are elaborated upon in this study. The piece concludes with several helpful suggestions for start-up enterprises in our region.