The Economics of Growing Saskatoons
POSTED IN For Growers, For Members ON 2/16/2016
The presentation “The Economics of Growing Saskatoons” was part of the program of the Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference on Saturday, January 30th, 2016.
Subject matter includes:
- What saskatoon berries looks like
- What saskatoon bushes looks like
- Health benefits of saskatoon berries
- Growing requirements
- Market opportunities for fresh and processed saskatoons
- Costs associated with planting and maintaining a saskatoon orchard
- Key business practices for successful growing
- Essential business considerations
- Business planning concepts
- Tax considerations
- Insurance considerations
- Legal considerations
- A financial projection example
- An introduction to resources that can help
To download the program presentation, go to: SFC 2016 Econ Saskatoons
We had a good group, with many targeted questions. It was a delight to talk through both the questions for which good answers are available and the questions for which good answers are still being researched.
What we know is that:
- People that try saskatoon berries almost always want more saskatoon berries
- Growers with even minimal marketing experience can sell out of their fruit
- Working together through the Saskatoon Berry Institute of North America we are building a larger market, and working on ways to satisfy orders larger than many farms can fill by themselves
If you are already growing saskatoons, please consider joining the Institute.
If you are considering growing saskatoons, please talk the Institute and our members.