Specialty Crop Production Practices for Beginning Farmers in Arizona and the Southwest
Production of specialty crops such as vegetables, herbs, berries, and ornamental crops can be started on a small acreage and over time expand to a commercial farm. Small acreage producers who intend to increase their production will benefit from knowing about production methods, cultural practices, and crop selection. This publication introduces the beginning farmer to a framework of what it takes to expand from small acreage production for home consumption or as a hobby to a small business selling for profit. Other aspects not covered here that are important for producers to know include howto run a small business, including marketing their products, finances, and labor management.
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