A PLAN FOR PLANTING: AN ANALYSIS OF STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR SMALL FARMS AND APPLICATIONS IN SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
Cranford, Charles Michael
Little information exists in the literature regarding Agricultural Planning, particularly in relation to small-scale farms. This paper attempts to address the gap in literature through an examination of small farms and the potential for strategic planning in agricultural planning. A literature review was conducted to develop and understanding of small farms and the applications strategic planning. Additionally, semi-structured interviews were performed amongst farmers in the South Carolina Lowcountry to develop a case study on the planning practices, mission focuses, and influences surrounding small farms. A recommendation was made for farms to utilize Strategic Issue Management, and for not- for-profit farms to formalize their strategic planning processes. Additional policy recommendations were made in regards to small farm issues.