This three day workshop series, based on Maine Farmland Trust ’s proven program, will examine the nature of scaling up farm businesses from many different angles. Jed Beach, of FarmSmart, will lead the workshops focusing on production costing, and marketing, and the financing of growth. After the workshop series, each farm is eligible for 10 hours of free, on farm technical assistance AND $500 seed money to help implement lessons learned. Open to farmers from either Maine or NH. Drawing on a panel of business experts from around the state, as well as other growers, we’ll uncover the story your own financial records are telling you, and develop your ability to talk with potential buyers about your products. This workshop series is for experienced farmers. During the program, you’ll have a chance to: Use last year’s actual records to find your most (& least) profitable crops. Learn how to keep and read financial records so that they are useful to you. Identify potential customers and evaluate their fit for your farm or product. Practice doing market research and putting marketing tactics together into a sales strategy. Create and analyze different scenarios for your farm business using profitability audits, financing options, and customer information to make the best planning decisions for your farm. (How to evaluate which crops to expand or diminish, what investments to make or avoid, and so on.) Following the workshops, you will receive technical assistance tailored to your goals.
When and Where: Runnels Hall, Chocorua NH Thursdays 9AM-4PM February 7th, 14th, 21st (Snow date: February 30th) 2019 Cost: $50 registration fee to hold your spot. Upon completion of the workshops and your successful participation in technical assistance, you will be awarded a $550 seed grant. There is a net gain of $500 to your farm!
Registration is OPEN for 2019 now through January 18th! To register or with questions, email Jesse at jwright (at symbol) usvlt.org. Funding for this work was made possible in part with a Rural Business Enterprise Grant from USDA Rural Development.