Cultivating Success Farm Business Planning Course
‘Buying local’ seems to be on everyone’s list of resolutions. The popularity of keeping dollars in local circulation is gaining momentum. For farmers, capturing a larger share of this trend is crucial to growth and longevity. New farmers must look at their farm like any new business venture, while existing operations must carefully evaluate how any changes can affect land, labor, capital, resources, and profitability.
WSU Snohomish County Extension in partnership with the WSU Small Farms Team, USDA, and Snohomish Conservation District will again offer Cultivating Success: Agricultural Entrepreneurship and Farm Business Planning to help new and current farmers gain skills in business planning and direct marketing.
New this year, thanks to a grant from the USDA, we’ll be using web technology to simulcast the course between two Puget Sound locations so more students can participate closer to home. In addition, the course will be taught using the same updated curriculum in other locations around the state.
The Puget Sound course runs Tuesday evenings January 14, 2014 through April 1, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. along with three Saturday seminars on focused topics. The central Puget Sound course will be held at WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium in McCollum Park, 600 128th St SE, Everett, WA. In the south Puget Sound area, the course will be held at WSU Puyallup REC’s Chicona Conference Room, 2606 W Pioneer, Puyallup, WA. For a list of other course locations and dates around the state, visit www.cultivatingsuccess.org.
The course features a full line-up of local guest speakers including bankers, business professionals, and successful farm owners with a special emphasis on the financial and legal issues unique to farm-based businesses. During the course, participants are guided in developing a business plan they can use to help finance and guide a new enterprise or expand an existing farm-based business.
Comments from recent graduates include, “The unique opportunity to meet fellow successful farmers and business mentors is one of a kind.” “By the end of the course I had a farm business plan that I could take to the bank.” and “The opportunity to evaluate my enterprise and make informed decisions is invaluable, after all the best place to make mistakes is on paper.”
The Puget Sound course facilitator is Angus beef rancher Holly Thompson, who has lead Cultivating Success courses for the past several years to excellent reviews. A WSU graduate in animal science and agriculture economics, Thompson has worked for Northwest Farm Credit Services as a loan officer and the Nestle Regional Training Center at Carnation Farm as their Public Relations and Conference Center Manager. She recently completed her MS in Agriculture Education through Washington State University.
Class size is limited and pre-paid registration is required. Cost for the twelve-week course is $275 for the Everett location, and $250 for the Puyallup location. To register, visit brownpapertickets.org/event/328901
For more information on the course, contact Holly Thompson, (425) 357-6022, mailto:hollynthompson. For help with registration, contact Karie Christensen at (425) 357-6039, email email@example.com.
For more information on the entire Cultivating Success program, visit www.cultivatingsuccess.org <http://www.cultivatingsuccess.org> .
Jan 14, 2014
from 06:00 pm to 09:00 pm
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