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It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.
Benjamin Franklin

Due Diligence

Questions you should have

How long might it take me to make my investment back?

If you just run it as is, it will take forever. Seriously. Last year we had a gross profit of $30,000 on sales of about 100,000. That makes the payments on the loan for the farm portion. (everything - house)

Raw profit (Sales minus purchased trees and direct expenses for resale) is about 50% but most of that is re-invested in more pipe, more pots, and an increase in inventory value of about 60k per year. But we've done the hard part: Now is the time to take it to the next level. See the section on expansion options for lots more detail.

If you are serious, you can come spend a day with Laura and she will print any part of the books you wish.

Buy the farm. Run it as is for a year. Start by implementing the low hanging fruit in the Expansion section. Example:

These alone will more than double sales. There are other low hanging fruit. Pick which ones you want:

Put in two 720 pot strips of growbag trees a year. $140K/year starting 5 years from now.

No guarantees. Much depends on how hard and how smart you work. Try this: Read the expansion list. Read the notes. Put together a spreadsheet with a set of options you think is reasonable. See what you think, Do it as a google doc and we can discuss.

"It sure sounds like a lot. How did you come up with that price?"

I started by throwing darts at a bunch of numbers stuck to the kitchen door. Just kidding. But really, it comes from this. These numbers may change as we get better handles of the value of each part.

"But taking over a whole tree farm business seems like a lot of work."

_You want it easy? Buy a Mcdonald's franchise. _

Most worthwhile actions is life are hard.

Buying a business is fraught with uncertainty, especially when it takes a certain degree of expertise to make it work well. To help you make it work, I'll add these bonuses to the mix.

Typical Pine

Lodgepole Pine in our front yard.



Got something to say? Email me: sfinfo@sherwoods-forests.com

Want to talk right now? Talk to me: (8 am to 9 pm only, please) 1-780-848-2548


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