Starting A Small Scale Seed Business – An Additional Business Unit for A Small Scale Farm, The Founder’s Story with Daniel Brisebois

Dan Brisebois Permaculture Voices

“Figuring out what we do well, and focusing the business around that has been really vital.”Dan Brisebois

Advice from Dan..

  • If you think you can’t make money in a field. Look at how you are marketing the product or service. Because sometimes you can change your marketing and change the stereotype.
  • Realize the importance of financial forecasting and planning. Don’t expect the forecast to be accurate. But it will be very useful.
  • Less is more. Work with what you have. Do the right thinks effectively versus doing more.
  • Successful entrepreneurs know how to navigate challenges and adapt in the face of challenges.
  • “We can’t do it all alone.” Look at mutually beneficial relationships.

About Dan Brisebois

I did not grow up on a farm though my parents did have a big garden and a much bigger lawn where I learned the basics of splinters, blisters, sweat, and how to drive a lawn tractor. A B. Sc. in agricultural engineering introduced me to irrigation and Excel spreadsheets, and refined my love of defining variables and planning.

However, the transition to farmer came in 2000 when I started working on farms (mostly growing vegetables but also grain and a bit of livestock.) I worked both as an apprentice and field manager  on a range of scales from farms based around manual tools to tractors to draft horses.

In the fall of 2004, with some friends, I started Tourne-Sol cooperative farm.

Currently, I am president on the Canadian Organic Growers (COG) board of directors and on the Eastern Canadian Organic Seed Growers (ECOSGN) steering committee.

I also co-authored (with my co-farmer Fred Thériault) Crop Planning for Organic Vegetable Growers.


He will be giving two in depth workshops on crop planning and running a small scale seed business.


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