The Maine Sustainable Agriculture Society has developed an excel-based spreadsheet tool for to budget for new greenhouse infrastructure. The tool has been developed Maine vegetable farmers who sell in the direct market but are considering scaling their operations toward wholesale, however the tool can be utilized across scales and crops. In addition to production economics, it integrates infrastructure, energy, heating and fuel into useful metrics for sustainability.
The tool is currently open to review and feedback from Maine farmers and service providers. We welcome your feedback. MESAS has help one public webinar on the tool and will host additional public information sessions throughout winter 2018/19. A presentation on the tool is scheduled for the Maine Ag Trades Show in Augusta on January 17th. Stay tuned for more info and download a locked draft version of the tool for review below.