CONSULTING WITH MICHELLE

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Credit: Olive & Oak Photography

Ready to take your farm to the next level? We'd love to help! Roots owner and farmer, Michelle Elston, offers a limited number of consultations to experienced growers in areas such as:

  • Business decisions that work for family and farmer

  • Establishing a financially viable farm

  • Employee management strategies

  • Sustainability considerations for growing high-yield, high-profit crops

  • Efficiency strategies for harvest, cleaning and bouquet making

  • Crop planning for bouquet production

  • Lean farming (less steel, less inputs)

  • Best sales outlets for your market and lifestyle

  • And other trouble-spots related to your farm!

Invest in your farm's success! Consults start at $1,000. This includes a minimum of three, 1.5 hour virtual sessions with Michelle, plus our research on your farm/area as well as follow-up emails after the finish of the work sessions (exact number TBD). Travel fees or visits to Roots extra. Note that most sessions will be conducted from December through March, depending on availability.

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"With Michelle's guidance, we added 4 employees, scaled the farm up to 9 acres [from 2] and secured our first wholesale grocery account for next year! We are moving away from our off-farm jobs to invest 100% of ourselves into managing and growing our farm. If you are looking to scale up your farm, there is no better investment in yourself as the business leader; Michelle will provide you with the tools, confidence and mentorship you will need to excel."
Shannon & Judd Allen
Bloom Hill Farm
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Thanks for your interest in working with Michelle...we're excited to learn more about you and your farm. Look for an email from us with more details soon. Be sure to keep an eye on your spam/junk folder in case our response ends up there!

Check out some of our favorite resources!
 

Though our consults are geared toward seasoned growers with a few years of experience, here are Michelle's go-tos for flower farmers starting their journeys.

Looking for general farming books? These are on Michelle's bookshelf:

The Lean Farm by Ben Hartman

Garden Insects of North America by Whitney Cranshaw

Building Soils for Better Crops by Fred Magdoff and Harold van Es

Weeds of the Northeast by Richard H. Uva et al.

Diseases of Herbaceous Perennials by Mark L. Gleason et al.

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Being a good farmer takes a long, long time of learning, sweat and experience. Don't expect to be big right away - and never expect to get it all right! Put in lots of time reading. Visit farms when you can. And, absolutely, positively, you MUST join the ASCFG. Your membership is truly worth every penny."

Michelle Elston