Increase Farm Income Via Diversification


Workshop audio recording from the 2016 MOSES Organic Farming Conference.


Lisa Kivirist, John Ivanko, and Paul and Chris Burkhouse
Friday 2b

As the organic and “know your farmer” market grows, opportunity abounds for farms to creatively diversify to bring in extra income. Get ideas on hot-growth categories such as pizza night, farm stays, processing under cottage food law, commercial kitchen set-up and winter CSAs. We’ll share start-up stories and experienced advice on costs and barriers.

Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko own the award-winning Inn Serendipity Farm and B&B outside Monroe, Wis., a diversified farm operation completely powered by the wind and sun. They have co-authored several books, including Farmstead Chef. Their new book, Homemade for Sale, is the first authoritative guide to setting up a food business from a home kitchen. Kivirist also leads the MOSES Rural Women’s Project.

Paul and Chris Burkhouse have run Foxtail Farm CSA for 17 years, selling solely through a winter CSA for the last two years. Their eight winter deliveries include vegetables from season extension, fresh greens from hoop houses, storage crops from extensive root cellars and value-added items from their licensed processing kitchen.