Below is a step-by-step demonstration of how the “Veggie Compass” tool can be used to give farmers a much fuller and illuminating picture of their farm finances than other recordkeeping systems provide. 

Although not a sales pitch for this particular free tool, and regardless of decisions to use the Veggie Compass, it is important to realize the concepts this tool allows to be demonstrated. 

 Video host, Ellen Polishuk, on her farm in Virginia.

Video host, Ellen Polishuk, on her farm in Virginia.

Ellen Polishuk of Potomac Vegetable Farms in Virginia hosts this series and helps farmers understand some of the hidden factors influencing their profitability. Farmers are given a compass to guide them to a more profitable farming operation. 

The series is designed to be viewed chronologically. However, it is not necessary to watch all videos in one sitting.  Click on the links below to download the Veggie Compass tools.

Veggie Compass Whole Farm Profit Management—2016 Template

Veggie Compass Whole Farm Profit Management—Sample

 

 

Video #1
Introduction to Tutorial Series

An explanation of what Veggie Compass is, including what it can and can’t do for you. (10:03 mins)

Video #2
Expenses Input Introduction

An overview of how the Expenses Input sheet works. Information provided here is important to learn before adding your own data. (10:50 mins)

Video #3
Expenses
Input in Action

Using real farm data, we demonstrate how to use the Expenses Input sheet. (13:30 mins)

Video #4
Sales
Input

Using real farm data, we demonstrate how to use the Sales Input sheet. (15:24 mins)

 

Video #5
Production
Input

Using real farm data, we demonstrate how to use the Production Input sheet. (16:54 mins)

Video #6
Cost of Production
by Crop

See how Veggie Compass uses data entered on the first three sheets to provide useful information about the costs of each crop. (7:13 mins)

Video #7
Sales
Output

How Veggie Compass uses the data entered on the first three sheets to provide useful information about sales, broken out by crop and market channel. (12:09 mins)

Video #8
Profit and
Loss

All the useful information Veggie Compass provides about profits/losses for each of your market channels and the whole farm, and using this information to improve profits. (13:48 mins)