Set a course for improving your farm’s long-term economic viability.

Direct-market vegetable sales at farmers markets, CSAs, on-site farm stands, and other outlets are an $86 million industry in Pennsylvania. Yet, little information is available to guide vegetable farmers’ in making successful financial decisions.

Through our Diversified Vegetable Financial Benchmark Study, we’re helping veggie farmers improve their bottom line by plugging into a nationwide research project, coordinated by the University of Wisconsin, to determine financial benchmarks for diversified vegetable farmers. Financial benchmarks can provide farmers with a more accurate idea of the typical returns they can expect from entering into new sales outlets.

Who can participate in the study?

If you own or manage a commercial diversified vegetable farm in Pennsylvania or surrounding states that’s either certified organic or using sustainable growing methods, you’re eligible to participate in the study.

What are the benefits of participating in the study?

Beyond contributing to a dataset that will help vegetable farmers everywhere more effectively improve their business models, you’ll also receive:

  • A detailed benchmark report that shows how key financial indicators for your farm compare against similar farms in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
  • Connections to a learning community of farmers working to improve their business skills.
  • A $100 stipend

How can I participate?

Participating is simple. First, contact us to let us know you’re interested. We’ll provide you with a brief survey about basic aspects of your farm to see if it’s a good match for the study considering the range of current participants.

If your farm is eligible to participate, you’ll complete a 90-minute survey about your farm’s business model and finances.

As with all of our research projects, your farm’s data will be kept strictly confidential. We’ll only share general trends and insights.