Do you own some land that you want to farm, but aren’t sure where to start?
Michigan State University Extension is offering So You Want to be a CSA? workshop that is designed for new, beginner, and diversifying famers looking for information and inspiration to get them started in Market Farming or as a CSA. They will help landowners decide how they may use their property with essential information for the beginning agricultural entrepreneur. This dynamic 1-day immersion workshop will be held on Saturday April 13, 2013 at the Van Buren County Human Services conference room 801 Hazen St., Paw Paw, MI. The all-day workshop will held 8:30AM to 5PM.
The workshop includes information beginning with: where to start, goal setting, creating a business plan, marketing your produce, financial management, and farming law. We will discuss CSA types, soil basics and veggie and fruit production options. We will also learn more about local foods, farm to institution requirements and food hubs. The cost of the workshop is $150 per person ($250 per couple) which includes all class materials and lunch. Participants should finish this workshop with the tools and framework for a workable business and marketing plan.
You may register online for the So You Want to be a CSA? workshop at http://events.anr.msu.edu/csa13/ or contact MSU Extension at 269-657-8213 for more information.