Business Planning

Guides and templates


Guide: Building a Sustainable Business


Cornell NE Beginning Farmers:

Producing a Business Plan for Value-Added Agriculture

Business Plan Template

The Carrot Project:

Financial Templates


UW Extension

Business Feasibility: A First Cut Analysis

This workbook was designed to help value-added agricultural entrepreneurs conduct a preliminary analysis of their business idea. It helps answer the questions whether the business make sense for them personally and whether there is sufficient market to support the business. 


Land Stewardship Project

Farm Transitions Toolkit

The "Farm Transitions Toolkit" contains resources, links to services, and practical calculation tables to help landowners establish a commonsense plan. It also features user-friendly resources on the economic, legal, governmental, agronomic, ecological and even social issues that must be considered in order to ensure a successful farm transition. 


Online Courses


Northeast Beginning Farmers Project:



Small Business Development Services 

New York State Small Business Development Center (24 locations)

Mid-Hudson Main Office