Financial Benchmarks for Vegetable Farmers

Join a learning community of vegetable farmers, and see how your farm stacks up against your peers.

Click here to register, or read on for more details.

Financial benchmarks are key to improving long-term farm viability. They can help you:

  • Track the financial health of your farm from year to year
  • Assess how healthy your business is compared to that of similar farms
  • Make more strategic farm business decisions

Since 2016, Pasa Sustainable Agriculture has been working with diversified vegetable farmers in and around Pennsylvania to collect key farm financial metrics and develop benchmarks to help farmers evaluate the health of their vegetable operations. We were excited to partner with Pasa last year to establish a new cohort of fifteen vegetable farms in our region, and we are now recruiting farmers to expand the group of participating local farms.

Participating farmers will receive a detailed personalized benchmark report showing how your key financial indicators compare to similar farms. You will also benefit from lessons learned through past benchmark work with Pennsylvania farmers, and will have the opportunity to connect to a learning community of farmers working to improve their business skills. Your farm’s data will be kept confidential — we’ll only share general trends, insights, and aggregated or anonymized information.

To participate, you must be a vegetable farmer in MA or surrounding states and you must be able to attend a work session in March to complete a survey about your vegetable operation’s 2021 finances. You will be asked to prepare your farm’s 2021 profit and loss statement, balance sheet, and/or tax return in advance of the work session, and you will use this information to complete the survey. All participants will have access to one-on-one support as needed to prepare the necessary financial statements and complete the survey.

REGISTER HERE, and please contact Kristen Wilmer with any questions.

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