Success on Farms

Burnt Rock Farm sweet potatoes. Photo credit - Jessica Sipe
Burnt Rock Farm sweet potatoes. Photo credit – Jessica Sipe

Success on Farms (SOF) is a business planning program that helps Vermont farm operations and value-added businesses improve their viability. We work one-on-one with farmers throughout the state, providing specialized support and business planning assistance to help farmers expand their markets, increase revenues and achieve other quality of life goals that are critical to keeping them in farming. We also provide limited business planning, enterprise analysis and referrals to farm businesses in years 0-3 of development.

The program seeks to enhance not just the profitability of farms, but also their social and environmental sustainability. Specialized support may include strategic planning, farm financial planning, bookkeeping and accounting, and refinement of production systems. Success on Farms utilizes skilled program staff, business consultants and veteran growers to support the development of business plans with program participants.

Each year, we work with a diversity of farms, including vegetable growers, fruit growers, dairy farms, livestock producers and value-added producers. Generally, farm businesses have been established for three years before enrolling tin Success on Farms.