Workshop assists aspiring farmers with new business ideas
'Is Entrepreneurial Farming for You?'
provides information and resources for a new generation
of entrepreneurial farmers
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[July 13, 2012]
-- As the demand for local, sustainably grown food continues
to rise, farmers and aspiring farmers are working to meet the demand
through the creation of small-scale entrepreneurial farm businesses.
To facilitate these new farm businesses and address the needs of a
new generation of aspiring entrepreneurial farmers, the University
of Illinois Extension will host the workshop "Is Entrepreneurial
Farming for You?" on July 26.
The workshop will be at the University of Illinois Extension office
at 700 S. Airport Drive in Springfield and will run from 5:30 to 9
"The 3.5-hour workshop is designed to help people who think
they might want to get their feet wet in sustainable farming learn
what it takes to start and manage a farm-based business, and decide
whether this is the path they are ready to take," said Deborah
Cavanaugh-Grant, local food systems and small farms educator.
"Is Entrepreneurial Farming for You?" covers resource assessment,
goal-setting, financial planning and marketing options. Workshop
participants will have the opportunity to meet people experienced in
sustainable farming as well as other prospective farmers. They will
also learn about different successful farm enterprises and have a
chance to ask questions about the genesis and development of farm
Registration for the workshop is $20 and includes a light supper.
Payment can be processed online at
/?RegistrationID=6818 or by contacting University of Illinois
Extension at 217-782-4617.
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University of Illinois Extension is a statewide educational network
that links the resources and research of the University of Illinois
to the people of Illinois. The programs and workshops, which take
place throughout the state, address issues involving youth,
families, community development, agriculture and natural resources.
For more information, visit
http://web.extension.uiuc.edu/state/. If reasonable
accommodations are needed in order to participate in any of the
programs, call 217-782-4617.
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