A Consulting Service For Beginning Farmers
-Whole Farm Planning
-Sustainable Livestock Programs
-Marketing Your Products
Eric Klein is President of Hidden Stream Farm, LLC a grass-based farm specializing in direct marketing and rotational grazing in Southeastern Minnesota.
During his 13 years in agriculture, Eric has developed a wide range of knowledge and real life experiences. He has worked in a variety of different facets starting out on a small family farm and then after college, working with a large farm/feed lot operation in South Dakota. Upon returning to the small family sized farm, Eric has been able to fine-tune his experiences to be able to offer consulting in a variety of different applications. He and his wife Lisa, own and operate Hidden Stream Farm, a 180 acre farm which direct markets beef, pork and chicken to consumers as well as high-end restaurants in a variety of states across the country.
Eric has spoken at seminars on farm financial planning as well as conferences devoted to helping beginning farmers achieve their goals of farming full-time. He has counseled several beginning farmers through a mentorship program designed to teach them overall livestock management, effective cash flow analysis and record keeping skills.
While farmers may work with Fin-Pak software, Ericís method of consulting allows for out of the box thinking on a more sustainable approach to agriculture. He personally takes each client through the steps necessary to see if a specific enterprise will prove to be financially profitable and what steps are required to get the best price possible for that particular enterprise.
Our Clients Say It Best!
Ericís practical knowledge of farming was a real benefit to the beginning farmers he worked with through Farm Beginnings. He gives real life learning experiences that help future farmers better deal with things that come their way. Eric has been an excellent asset to our program.
-Karen Stettler, Farm Beginnings Coordinator
Eric was a big help to us when we were getting started. He was by no means a textbook kind of teacher or consultant, but gave us solid solutions to some really difficult problems. The time he spent with us was invaluable.
-Kevin & Christine Ballman, Redwing, MN
We had read all the books, and done all the research about what direction to take our new venture, but Eric was able to give us some insight into what to expect. Drawing from his own personal experiences and having already made the mistakes we could have made, saved us not only hard earned money, but improved on our overall profitability.
-Greg & Nancy Rasmussen, Lockwood, MO
Areas of Consulting Services
Whole Farm Planning
Evaluation of Individual Enterprise
Whole Farm Potential
What Is Best For My Farm?
Sustainable Livestock Programs
Developing A Grazing Plan
Maintaining Year-round Grass Fed Livestock
How To Get Started Direct Marketing Your Product
Rules and Regulations
Identifying Production Costs
Direct vs. Niche vs. Commodity Marketing
Getting Started With Quickbooks
Using Quickbooks To Its Potential
Eric D. Klein
RR1 Box 15, Elgin, MN 55932