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Find everything you need to help your farm grow

The newly expanded Marbleseed Organic Resource Directory now includes buyers, suppliers, and certification agencies, as well as educational resources such as fact sheets, workbooks, guidebooks, and more.

Want to see your business or resource listed in the Marbleseed Organic Resource Directory? We review all submissions to ensure products, services, and educational resources are appropriate for inclusion in the directory. To submit your business or resource for consideration, please use the forms below.

If you would like to order large quantities of the Organic Resource Directory or Guidebooks, please email info@marbleseed.org, or call 888-906-6737 to place your order.

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Farm Business Marketing

Fearless Farm Finances Online Course

Beginning Farmers, Farm Business, Farm Business : General, Farm Business : Marketing
This one-of-a-kind course is packed with instructions, tips, and tools for setting up and managing a farm’s financial system. It includes real-life examples from successful farmers and sample data to show how forms and records should look.

National Young Farmer's Coalition | Young Farmer Grant Program

Beginning Farmers, Beginning Farmers : Connect with Peers, Land Access, Farm Business, Farm Business : General, Farm Business : Marketing, Farm Business : Funding, Farm Business : Certification, Farming Systems, Leadership and Community
For the last four years, the National Young Farmers Coalition (Young Farmers) has partnered with Chipotle to support young and beginning farmers and ranchers start up and grow their businesses with a flexible funding opportunity each spring. The program provided 50 farmers and ranchers with $5,000 each in the spring of 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023. Grant recipients also received a one-year membership to the National Young Farmers Coalition.

In the fifth and final year of the program, they are celebrating distributing 50 grants to a new cohort of young farmers and ranchers in 2024!

Learn more and apply here

Wisconsin Beginning Farmer Resource Guide

Beginning Farmers, Land Access, Land Access : Incoming Farmers, Farm Business, Farm Business : General, Farm Business : Marketing, Farming Systems, Field Crops, Fruits and Specialty Crops, Vegetables, Livestock, Production, Production : General, Soils
USDA Farm Service Agency in Wisconsin, in partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service; Risk Management Agency; Rural Development; Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP); and UW-Madison Extension is proud to announce the launch of the Wisconsin Beginning Farmer Resource Guide.

This guide was developed to provide producers just getting started in agriculture with a well-rounded resource. Set up as a road map, it walks beginning farmers through the various resources available to support them through their journey of starting an agriculture operation, farm, or food business. The road map includes stops for phases such as Brainstorming, Learning, Planning, Funding, Forming, Operating, and Networking, as well as additional resources.

New Farmer U

Apr 28 - Apr 29 | Rosholt, WI | $
Boost your farm business skills at New Farmer U in Rosholt, WI…

Organic Apples 101
2023 by Rachel Henderson, Tom Rosenfeld

Want to grow organic apples? This session will address both the
business of apples and the basics of growing certified organic apples
in the Midwest. Topics include choosing your market, site…

Funding Your Farm with Little to No Debt - Grants and Creative Fundraising Strategies for Farmers
2023 by Fresh Roberson

There are a variety of ways to incorporate money into your farm
besides the sales of your products. We will share several ways to fund
your farm while minimizing or avoiding the stress of debt and…

How to Earn $30,000 Profit Per Acre With a Regenerative Farm

Sep 21, 5:00 PM ET
Online | Free

In this webinar you will learn the three secrets to having a successful regenerative farm. Guest presenter is Jeff Siewicki of Vital Mission Farm in South Carolina. Hosted by FACT. [Registration…

I need to create some fast, inexpensive greenhouse space. What do you suggest?
Jun 2017

In 2015, we bought a farm with some infrastructure but no greenhouse. We grow flowers and vegetables. Because we were low on capital, but high in experience and knew how to “hack” together season…

What resources can help me in my farm finances?
Jan 2017

Knowing where you’ve come from in your farm business can help you know where to go. Keeping good, clear financial records is key to your future farm business success. Applying those well-kept records…

When should I start looking for markets for my new organic production?
Feb 2016

One of the most important—and most overlooked—steps in the process of transitioning is to plan ahead for a marketplace where you will be able to move your organic products. Because an outlet for your…

Wisconsin Local Food Marketing Guide

Farm Business : Marketing
A producers guide to marketing locally grown food.

Market Grains

Farm Business : Marketing
Factsheet: How to market organic grains

Season Extension Small Potatoes Farm

Farm Business : Marketing, Production : Fertility
Season extension of vegetable crops to meet unmet demand and moderate farm cash flow often requires capitalization, purchased energy and new skill sets such as construction and maintenance of hoop houses.

Season Extension in a Wood-Heated Structure

Farm Business : Marketing, Production : Fertility
Dean and Judy Henry constructed a greenhouse that is heated by a wood furnace on their farm.

Must I use organic seed?
Dec 2008

If you are still in transition to organic, you are not required under the organic regulations to plant organic seed. However, you cannot plant seeds that have prohibited synthetic treatments applied…

Can I purchase a used conventional sprayer for use in my organic production?
Jan 2008

Yes, you can purchase and use this sprayer. However, you will need to perform some cleaning and refurbishment activities and document these before you may use it on organic land…

Can I label the value-added product I sell as organic?
Dec 2007

The word organic on a retail food label is a guarantee to consumers that the entire process, from seed through field production, storage, sales and any food processing is reviewed and approved as…

Why must I use organic seed instead of untreated, non-organic seed?
Jun 2007

The organic regulation mandates the use of organic seed unless you cannot find an “equivalent” variety in the quality or quantity that you need. Seed is the foundation of growing a crop, and the…

Should I trademark my farm’s name?
Jan 2007

If you sell retail or direct-to-consumer products or plan to add value to your farm’s production with a packaged product carrying the farm name, it might be a good idea to trademark your farm’s name…

What is the process for using organic seeds for my organic crop production?
Dec 2006

The National Organic Program (NOP) man­dates the use of organic seed for crops that will be sold as organic unless you can show that you could not find the quality, quantity, or equivalent variety of…

Can any farmer label products as organic?
Jun 2005

The use of the word “organic” on a label in the U.S. is regulated by law, which is managed by the National Organic Program (NOP) within the USDA. Farmers who are certified organic or those who sell…

Cooperative Organic Grain Marketing

Farm Business : Marketing, Farming Systems : Organic