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My name is Ryan Boeding. The name of my business idea, La Ferme, is only a partial name. It is a reference to my admiration for French language and culture, and my current profession,; teaching.
I am in the process of exploring the profitability of starting an organic vegetable farm operation in NW Ohio. I am reading literature, talking with farmers, and have taken an online class. I have started a business plan so that I am focus my ideas, even if I don't have to take a loan. My business plan is helping to organize my plans and ideas and to stay focused on my core values and ideas.
I hope to run a CSA, participate in a few farmers markets and sell to grocery stores.
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