Robin Brumfield, Ph.D., has been the Farm Management Extension Specialist at Rutgers since 1988. She has been working with the award winning New Jersey Annie’s Project Team as state leader since 2011. She worked with the team to conduct focus groups to adapt this program from the mid-west to conditions in an urban state. She has arranged the workshops so that the women complete a business plan as part of the workshop. Robin took the Annie’s Project concept to Antalya, Turkey as her sabbatical project in late 2011 where she co-founded Suzanne’s Project. Since then she extended the program to Germany, Spain, and Malta through an EU funded project called Empowering Women Farmers with Agricultural Business Management Training. She also trained small-holder women farmers in Nicaragua and Guyana to better manage their businesses. She is internationally known for her work in horticultural economics and has given over 200 talks in sixteen countries. Her Greenhouse Cost Accounting Program is the standard in the greenhouse industry. She uses tools like workbooks and computerized calculators to help farmers make better management decisions. My on-line workbook, To Market; To Market was designed to help small beginning farmers decide what to produce and how to market it. Her Greenhouse Cost Accounting Program is the standard in the greenhouse industry. She wrote the marketing and business management chapters for the best-selling textbook, Greenhouse Operations and Management by Dr. Paul V. Nelson. I was named a Fellow of ASHS in 2012, the highest honor the society bestows.
Dept. of Agriculture, Food and Resource Economics School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
55 Dudley Road New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8520