Yield Expectations for Mixed Stand, Small-Scale Agriculture

Lee Turkey Farm

Wide rows on a u-pick farm provide space for people to make multiple harvests. Plant spacing affects yield.

This month in the Sustaining Farming on the Urban Fringe Briefing we determine realistic yield expectations for mixed stand, small-scale farming or market garden ventures. We discuss the importance of yield expectations as an integral business and project planning tool.

More and more, people without experience in agriculture are entering “the field” either as new farmers, community economic development sociologists, urban policy planning professionals, or individuals in search of grant opportunities. Goal setting by people new to farming must be grounded in reality.