Case Studies

These seven case studies are the result of farm visits and detailed interviews with small-scale farmers in BC during the winter of 2009. The aim of these slice-of-life accounts is to provide new farmers with an idea of the different types of farming that are possible.

The case studies offer some relevant details about producing and marketing different products, including financial information, time commitment and challenges.

A special thank you goes out to the participating farmers for sharing their information in the spirit of encouraging more local food production. The names of some of the farmers have been changed to protect their confidentiality.

The survey questions used in researching Farm Business Profiles: Successful Small-Scale Farms offer farm entrepreneurs another way to identify some important things to consider when researching possible areas of production.

Case Study 1: Vegetables, preserves and baking

Case Study 2: Seed Saving

Case Study 3: Mushrooms and Sprouts

Case Study 4: Lambs

Case Study 5: Grains

Case Study 6: Eggs, Poultry and Pork

Case Study 7: Dairy

written by Robin Tunnicliffe and Barbara Joughin

Last Modified: September 23, 2014