A series of workshops are scheduled in the coming weeks to help women interested in learning more about farming and ranching businesses, or how to start new agriculture ventures. The workshops, sponsored by the Center for Rural Affairs based in Lyons, are available at a cost of only $5, including lunch. Preregistration is required.
A Farm Dreams workshop is set for April 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Syracuse Public Library in Syracuse. This is an entry-level workshop designed to help people who are seeking practical information to decide if farming and ranching is a business venture they would like to pursue. The session will help participants examine their resources, skills and motivations for entering farming and ranching, to assist them in developing a plan to meet their goals.
A Farm Business Financing meeting will be held on May 10 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Lewis and Clark Center in Nebraska City. The workshop is an intensive business planning and farm financing course set up to help women develop a business plan and access financing for their agricultural operations. The development of a sound business plan is a crucial step for beginning farmers in particular who want to find financing for their farming operations.
For those women wanting to sell produce at farmers' markets, a Farmers' Market workshop will be held on June 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Breadeux Pizza in Ashland. Participants will learn tips and tricks for being a successful vendor at farmers' markets. The workshop will discuss making the most of the market, including how to develop a customer base, product presentation, location, pricing and the art of selling.
For women interested in developing a Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA system, a workshop on that topic is set for June 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Webermeier Public Library in Milford. With the growth in popularity of CSA gardens and ventures in recent years, this workshop is sure to help women who want to build customer loyalty and generate working capital through a CSA program. Attendees will learn about how to develop a CSA and promote it.
For more information on the workshops or to register in advance, contact Virginia Meyer at [email protected], or call 402-992-5134.