Or in the words of pastured livestock authority Joel Salatin, “don’t overrun your headlights”. The quote was offered in the context of avoiding unnecessary debt, but can be applied to many aspects of Transition.
The skills and knowledge, production changes, financial requirements and potential changes in marketing and customers can be more significant than you expect. It is a lot of change at once and it involves significant risks. Pacing yourself and being selective in what changes you make can allow you to focus and avoid getting overwhelmed. It might be a matter of setting out a long term plan, transition the vegetable fields to certified organic production first then start the CSA (as opposed to dealing with the stress and risks concurrently).
Capacity to produce is a part of the equation. Capacity to follow through with the right marketing approach is another. The Canadian Farm Business Management Council’s www.myfarmbusiness.com offers an excellent self-assessment tool to identify your fit and readiness for choosing a different marketing option.
Resource : You Can Farm: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Start and Succeed in a Farming Enterprise, Joel Salatin 1998 http://www.polyfacefarms.com/