Small Scale Farming: Can it be Profitable

Are you farming or looking into starting a farm? In a business with such tight margins, its important to document and cost everything. In this session we will examine record keeping methods and techniques to create prices based on actual costs of production.  True cost based pricing is the critical step to creating a financially sustainable farm or other small business. William will share the methods we have developed at Bluebird Farm that help us make solid financial decisions from the enterprise level to whole farm planning.


William Williamson
Farmer/Owner – Blue Bird Farm

William Williamson owns and operates Bluebird Farm with his wife, Marie, in Morganton, NC. Bluebird Farm produces vegetables using organic methods. Pork, chicken, beef and lamb are all rotationally grazed and fed certified organic feed. Their passion is feeding folks wholesome foods and managing a healthy farm ecosystem. Marie and William have been using holistic goals and financial planning to make Bluebird Farm provide full-time compensation for both of them for their full-time work.

Together, William and Marie continue to refine record keeping processes, management styles, and decision making tools to work toward a farm that is truly economically sustainable, properly compensating labor, paying for land, and providing long term stability.