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Home | Capitalism 3.0 MOSES | Financial Management Resources Books | Budgeting Templates | Business Planning | General Resources | Goal Setting Enterprise Budgeting Tools | Government Programs | Labor and Employment Information Loans and Funders | Software | Taxes | Risk Assessment Balance Sheet, Income Statement and Statement of Cash Flows Templates Iowa State University – Financial Statements Worksheet (Excel) Oklahoma State University – Farm Balance Sheet (PDF) Oklahoma State University – Receipt Tracker (PDF) Oklahoma State University – Expense Tracker (PDF) Oklahoma State University – Income Statement (PDF) Benchmarks of Yields and Prices Iowa State Ag Decision Maker – Offers data for benchmarking at WI Center for Dairy Profitability – Benchmarks for dairy farms, both organic and non-organic, including grazing operations. Wisconsin Dairy Ratio Benchmarking Tool (WisDRBT) – Allows you to compare your financial ratios to your farm’s past performance, and do a comparative analysis with the industry. Books Making Your Small Farm Profitable. 1999. Software

Capitalism 3.0 Book: Peter Barnes. Capitalism 3.0: Enriching Ourselves By Enhancing Our Commons, Berrett-Koehler, 2006. It is also available at the excellent On the Commons blog, where it is downloadable for free in pdf format. URL = See also: From the publisher: "Our current version of capitalism — the corporate, globalized version 2.0—is rapidly squandering our shared inheritances. Barnes shows how capitalism — like a computer—is run by an operating system. Barnes proposes a revised operating system — Capitalism 3.0 — that protects the commons while preserving the many strengths of capitalism as we know it. Capitalism 3.0 offers a practical alternative to our current flawed economic system. Capitalism 3.0 as third stage of capitalism Otto Scharmer: Capitalism 3.0: An (as-yet-unrealized) intentional and inclusive eco-system economy that upgrades the capacity for collaboration and innovation in all sectors and systems."

Buy Fresh Buy Local Iowa MembersAs a member of a Buy Fresh Buy Local Iowa Chapter, you make your business easier for customers to find and understand. Local foods directories, farm tours, local foods meals and more are all ways that chapters work together to better connect farmers, markets, restaurants and consumers. Contact your local BFBL Iowa chapter to learn more about membership! SupportersWant to see more local foods in your local grocery store? Do you think that school kitchens should buy from local farms? Are you concerned about where food at your local care center comes from? Joining BFBL as a supporter is easy - call or email the contact listed on your chapter's page to find out how to join your chapter! Photo: Seed Savers Exchange; credit Joanna Hamilton. Local food... Tastes betterHelps the local economyIs healthierIs saferSupports family farmsIs better for the environment Photo: One Step at a Time Gardens; credit Joanna Hamilton.

How to Kickstart your Local Sharing Movement with a ShareFest In the spirit of the #SharingSpring, Sharing Cities Network and Get2Gether communities (with the Center For A New American Dream) are hosting local ShareFests in cities around the world. Focused on the transformational experience of sharing, these events will be co-created by sharing organizations and the public. 20 cities in the Sharing Cities Network have already committed to hosting ShareFests so far. And many more have expressed interest. You can sign up here to help organize a ShareFest in your city! ShareFests are participatory events designed to connect the local sharing economy that range in size from intimate 20 person sharing events within community organizations like timebanks, to large three day public gatherings with over 3,000 people! ShareFest Ghent repair cafe ShareFests are the perfect opportunity to bring people together who are just as interested in sharing and excited to create a more sharing city together. What can a ShareFest include?

Mission | Evo Farm To cultivate resilient communities by producing high yields of produce that are distributed truly locally, using the latest technology, zero waste, minimal water while encompassing best practices in environmental stewardship with economic and social stability. Why Urban Farming? Food is the common thread that can help mitigate many of the world’s problems including climate change, peak oil, and chronic disease. Why Urban Aquaponics? Aquaponics is a unique approach to sustainable food production, which merges hydroponics (soilless food production) and aquaculture (fish farming). Of all of the food production methods, aquaponics has the highest yields and uses the least amount of water with no waste. Check out our upcoming Aquaponic Classes.

Commons Way of Life vs. Market Way of Life by Silke Helfrich The market has always been with us. What’s new about life in the last three hundred years — and especially the last thirty — is that the buying and selling of goods is the overriding goal of human civilization. The market is seen not just as an efficient way to do some things — it’s increasingly heralded as the only way to organize our society. The market has become the ruling paradigm of the world, a way of life that is wiping out efficient, equitable and sustainable commons-based practices. Commons Way of Life vs. Further Reading: Ecuador Takes First Step Toward a Commons Economy

Permaculture Voices Podcast 034: Permaculture 2.0, Designing a Profitable Broadacre Perennial Farm with Grant Schultz | Permaculture Voices. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Grant Schultz joins me to talk about developing a perennial polyculture in the middle of row-crop corn and soy country Iowa. He discusses a lot of the innovation and developments taking place on his farm, including some really innovative ways of doing GPS keyline design. We spend a lot of time talking about the business of farming. The importance of monitoring cash flows and being cash flow positive. Key Takeaways: Importance of making your operation cashflow the whole time. Quotables: “When you smell something and it gives you a headache, that’s kind of a clue to not make that a part of your life for the rest of your life.” Why Keyline? Get evenly distributed moisture in the soil so yields are optimized. GPS Keyline layout on a computer. Grant’s GPS Keyline Workshop: August 2-3 2014 VersaLand has been applying GPS technology to Keyline design and development, making the whole process smooth and easy. Simple and fun, just how we like it. VersaLand

Building the Commons Sector | Capitalism 3.0 In this chapter I describe some of the models we’ll want to replicate and refine. I start locally and move upward. My aim is twofold: first, to celebrate seeds that are already sprouting, and second, to suggest how, taken together and multiplied, these seeds can grow into a sector powerful enough to balance the corporate sector. Municipal wi-fi The Internet is the sidewalk of the twenty-first century, so it’s not surprising that cities are starting to build high-speed wireless networks the way they once built streets. Air trusts While the federal government dallies on climate change, several states are taking action. An American Permanent Fund An American Permanent Fund would be the centerpiece of the new commons sector proposed in this book. A spectrum trust A spectrum or airwaves trust would have a distinct mission: to reduce the influence of corporations on our democracy. A global carbon trust

GPS Keyline Design | VersaLand VersaLand has been applying GPS technology to Keyline design and development, making the whole process smooth and easy. Using advanced GPS mapping tools and software, design and installation of a complete Keyline water management system can be accomplished quickly and inexpensively. We’d love to show you how. The old methods of guesswork, laser levels, flags and frustration are over. Perfect design, perfect estimates, perfect installation. Simple and fun, just how we like it. We’ll be offering a 2-day workshop August 2-3, 2014 in Iowa City, IA 52240 where participants can learn the specialized tools and techniques of GPS Keyline water management, view a multi-faceted installation, and get hands-on experience on a diversified 145-acre Keyline farm. Course Content Online Edition We’ve added an Online Edition of this course to accommodate those who’d rather not travel. The ONLINE EDITION will include a webinar session with an active Q&A session, so it will be capped to ensure active discourse.

wpr - supersurvivors When bad things happen, people are often encouraged to think positively, be optimistic and look for good in the face of tragedy. But psychologist David Feldman, co-author of a new book about success in the face of suffering, said people who had been through traumas -- loss of limb, cancer or other disasters -- weren’t motivated by silver linings. “They told us that positive thinking was not very helpful,” Feldman said. Ferman’s research looked at what he called “supersurvivors,” people who not only survived and grew in the wake of trauma, but also completely changed their lives. One example was British Navy sailor Alan Lock, who became legally blind as a result of macular degeneration, and went on to run marathons, row across the Atlantic Ocean and trek to the South Pole. “(Lock) found this incredibly alienating,” Feldman said. Instead, Feldman said the supersurvivors that he and co-author Lee Kravetz interviewed had a different approach, which Feldman called, "grounded hope."

Fermentation on Wheels: Bringing Culture(s) to the People Last August, 28-year-old Tara Whitsitt took a vintage school bus and filled it with fermented foods, live cultures, and a “fermentation station” before setting out on a yearlong project to travel the United States. In just six months, Fermentation on Wheels has already made 27 stops in six different states. The idea for Fermentation on Wheels came to Whitsitt in a dream. Literally. The goal of Fermentation on Wheels is to give the benefits of live cultured food to anyone interested in learning how to do it themselves. Often, Whitsitt stops at small farms and uses their produce (or, in a recent stop, the milk from a goat dairy) as inspiration for classes on turning it into foods like kimchi or kefir. “I collect a lot of cultures and I’ll feed them at a workshop and give them out to people,” said Whitsitt. Though the art of fermentation has been around for centuries, it has only recently been making a comeback. Like heritage seeds, many of Whitsitt’s starters come with quite a story.

Food Trucks, Moving Companies Get in on Food Waste Reduction Whether its canned goods or pantry items, most people leave food behind when they move. As one whose family ran a moving company, Adam Lowry saw pounds of food go to waste. Until one day, he had an idea. “We figured we’d just ask people,” recalls the founder and executive director of Move for Hunger, a hunger relief organization that works with relocation. Today, Move for Hunger partners with 600 moving companies in 40 states. Who Has Time to Get to the Food Bank? The average American throws away 20 pounds of food every month at home (enough to provide about 16 meals to people in need). While offices and corporations are targeted for food donations by non-profits because they’re large, want tax benefits, and can predict when and where they might have extra food to give, most individuals have to opt in of their own volition. There have been a number of creative solutions to helping people cut down on food waste in the last decade. In other words, there is a niche that needed to be filled.