Determination of Market and Profit Feasibility for an Organic Specialty Cut Flower Business in a Rural Northern Michigan Community

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2001: $5,000.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2003
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $12,108.00
Region: North Central
State: Michigan
Project Coordinator:

Annual Reports


  • Agronomic: sunflower
  • Fruits: apples
  • Additional Plants: herbs, native plants, ornamentals, trees
  • Animals: bees, poultry


  • Animal Production: parasite control, grazing - continuous, free-range, manure management, mineral supplements, grazing - multispecies, pasture fertility, pasture renovation, probiotics, grazing - rotational, housing, vaccines, watering systems, winter forage
  • Crop Production: conservation tillage
  • Education and Training: extension, farmer to farmer, networking, on-farm/ranch research, technical assistance
  • Farm Business Management: whole farm planning, new enterprise development, budgets/cost and returns, community-supported agriculture, cooperatives, marketing management, feasibility study, agricultural finance, market study, risk management, value added
  • Natural Resources/Environment: biodiversity, hedges - grass, grass waterways, habitat enhancement, hedgerows, riparian buffers, soil stabilization, wetlands, wildlife, hedges - woody
  • Pest Management: biological control, biorational pesticides, botanical pesticides, competition, cultural control, disease vectors, field monitoring/scouting, integrated pest management, mulches - living, physical control, mulching - plastic, prevention, row covers (for pests), sanitation, trap crops, traps, mulching - vegetative, weather monitoring, weed ecology
  • Production Systems: agroecosystems, holistic management, permaculture
  • Soil Management: earthworms, green manures, organic matter, soil analysis, composting, nutrient mineralization, soil quality/health
  • Sustainable Communities: infrastructure analysis, new business opportunities, partnerships, public participation, urban/rural integration, analysis of personal/family life, community services, employment opportunities, social networks, social psychological indicators, sustainability measures
    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.