Adjust 2015

Adjust logo CROPWhen Farming Reality Doesn’t Match the Business Plan

Project Summary

Farming is a difficult business; and new farmers particularly struggle to get started. Many new farms need to make adjustments early in their development in order to stay in business.

Through paid surveys and interviews with beginning farmers, Adjust 2015 will summarize the stories of farms and farmers who have had less than desired success, or have had to make changes to their operations and plans in order to survive. This summary will be the basis for our New Farm Reality Check™ educational materials, which we will make available to beginning farmer-training courses throughout the North Central Region, as well as our own workshops in Minnesota and other NCR states.

SFA Executive Director John Mesko and his wife, Lisa Mesko, have been leading the Adjust 2015 project findings and have presented Adjust 2015 “New Farm Reality Check” sessions at the 2015 Minnesota Organic Conference and the 2015 SFA Annual Conference. Future sessions will be announced here and in SFA Connect.

For questions about Adjust 2015, contact John Mesko at gro.n1432574479m-afs1432574479@nhoj1432574479 or 763.260.0209.

Preliminary findings

SFA released some preliminary findings from the initial surveys on Dec. 19, 2013. To peruse these findings, click here. 

Project Goals

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New Farm Reality Check™ Curriculum:

This is NOT a new beginning farmer education program. It is a curriculum to be used by current or future beginning farmer educational programs, and it is also a stand-alone half-day workshop that will present findings and suggest ways to avoid pitfalls/plan for success.


We are finished conducting final interviews with survey participants. We thank all who have taken part in this important work.