Organic Farm Handbook

The Organic Farm Management Handbook 2023

The Organic Farm Management Handbook is the only source of information on the costs and performance of organic farming.

At a time where external agricultural inputs are at a high, organic production as a solution to the transition to low input systems has never seemed more logical. This is one reason why we are relaunching the Organic Farm Management Handbook to assist organic farmers, and farmers considering conversion, with navigating difficult farm business decisions.

Since our last edition, the past few seasons have seen extraordinary market conditions. Brexit in 2019 created uncertainty around organic certification for those exporting to, and importing from, Europe. Further uncertainty then struck in the Spring of 2020 as the Covid-19 pandemic hit. Food manufacturers had to adjust to new working conditions, food service shut down and retail sales had to be restructured. At the same time, demand for organic products rose through the pandemic lockdowns. After a tumultuous few years for the food and drink market, our hope is that the resurrection of the handbook will better equip organic farmers, growers, and prospective entrants with reliable market data, specific sector budgets, and sources of information and advice.

Organic Farm Management Handbook 2023
Information is key

Information is key

One of the key barriers is the lack of current information on the costs and business performance of organic farms and related management issues that is vital to anyone contemplating the seismic shift to organic farming. The revised OFMH will provide that information – utilising in depth historical data and expert opinion.

It is the essential tool for understanding the economics of organic farming in the UK. It can:

Help with business plans and budgets

Provide a means of assessing the viability of
specific crops and livestock

Advise on conversion related innovations such
as new marketing approaches.

Thanks to our sponsors and donors

“I have been using the Organic Farm Management handbook for many years. It has been extremely useful in my teaching career to help learners access valuable information about the viability of Organic agricultural and horticultural enterprises and to develop business plans for their future endeavours. As a grower and a farmer, I used the book regularly. It has been very useful in keeping up-to-date industry information, gross margins and benchmarks for specific agricultural crops and more.”

Nir Halfon – Programme Manager, Horticultural Apprenticeships, Plumpton College; Farmer and Grower

“I find the Organic Farm Management Handbook invaluable when budgeting for the short term and the long term. It also contains important agronomic information which is always useful when planning alternative rotations. A must for seasoned organic farmers as well as those considering conversion.”

John Pawsey, Shimpling Park farm

Buy your paperback Handbook

The price of 1 handbook is £35.00 to UK addresses including postage and packaging. You can order up to 5 copies using this order form. If you would like more than 5 copies please email so that we can quote you accordingly.

Please note that all orders will be dispatched from mid October

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