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Small Business Success Story: Cherry Grove Organic Farm

How are farming and white-collar work a lot alike, you may wonder? In either case, you can rent the space to make it happen. Matt Conver is part of a growing trend of young people who are leasing farmland from property owners, and he is reaping plenty of what he sows at Cherry Grove Organic Farm! In Matt’s case, a combination of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) revenue and farmers market sales pay the bills to support his family, allowing his wife (a trained social worker) to stay home with the kids.

If you live in an area with existing farmland or land that is suitable for farming, you will most likely need money to get started. BeginningFarmers.org is a great resource for loans and grants specific to farming. When you have things up and running, you may want to offer CSA shares to cover some of your initial expenses and this site will help get the word out to potential customers (also a great site to find a CSA in your area and support your local farmers!).

And finally, a salute to America’s farmers- yes indeed, “they’re farmin’ and they grow it”!

This is another segment in CareerFuel’s “How America Works” series, a collection of job search and small business success stories!  Do you have a small business success story? If so, we would love to hear about it!

For another great small business story, meet this social entrepreneur!

Video production by darQlight Studios

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2 Responses to "Small Business Success Story: Cherry Grove Organic Farm"

  • Charleen Larson
    September 6, 2012 - 8:35 am Reply

    Judging from the vendors we see at Farmer’s Markets, farming is very much alive and well as a way of generating significant income. Not that it’s an easy job. Some of these farm folk travel to 3 or 4 markets a week.

  • Heather Kathryn van Werkhooven
    September 6, 2012 - 12:57 pm Reply

    Right? I grew up in a rural community and several of the people I grew up with have chosen to stay in the area or have returned, often times making farming a part of their life to some degree. The couple of families I know that make their livings this way work VERY hard, selling vegetables/fruits at multiple farmers markets (up to an hour away!), bail/sell hay, make maple syrup, do construction, etc- whatever it takes to make ends meet. Our farmers deserve more love and recognition than they have gotten in the past… I think Americans are starting to realize that!!


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