Understanding Cost of Production

Sarah Brown | 2017

Determining on-farm costs of production is a significant task. Diggin’ Roots Farm was able to develop the systems and infrastructure to facilitate data collection and integrate this work into everyday tasks. During the 2015 and 2016 growing seasons, Diggin’ Roots Farm participated in a Cost Study Cohort Pilot project that was developed and facilitated by Oregon Tilth and OSU. This project used an activity-based time study approach that focused on one activity on the farm at a time. This case study outlines the experience of implementing time studies and developing data collection systems.

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This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. 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.