Workshops on Sustainable/Small Farm Concept Offered

Workshops on Sustainable/Small Farm Concept Offered

Folks can see if growing local, sustainable food is a business enterprise they want to explore.

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 farm businesses. 

To encourage the continued growth of these entrepreneurial farm enterprises and address the needs of a new generation of aspiring farmers, the University of Illinois Extension and The Land Connection are collaborating to host the workshop "Is Entrepreneurial Farming for You?".  The workshop will be offered at three locations in Central Illinois in late June and early July.   

 "The three-and-a-half-hour workshop is designed to help people who 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," says Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant, Extension Small Farm and Sustainable Agriculture Extension Specialist.

The workshop will cover resource assessment, goal-setting, financial planning, and marketing options. 

"Workshop participants will have the opportunity to meet experienced sustainable farmers, other prospective farmers, and graduates of the 12-month farmer-training program Central Illinois Farm Beginnings," adds Micah Bornstein, Farmer Programs Coordinator with The Land Connection.

The workshops will be held in University of Illinois Extension offices from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. according to the following schedule:

Thursday, June 30, at the Sangamon County Office, 2501 North 8th Street, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Building  #30, Springfield

Thursday, July 7, at the McLean County Office, 402 North Hershey Road, Bloomington

Thursday, July 14, at the Peoria County Office, 4810 North Sheridan, Peoria

The workshops will be facilitated by Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant, Extension Specialist, Small Farm and Sustainable Agriculture, with the University of Illinois Extension, and Micah Bornstein, Farmer Programs Coordinator with The Land Connection.

Registration for each workshop is $30 and includes a light supper. Payment can be processed online at http://central.illinoisfarmbeginnings.org or you may contact The Land Connection at 217-688-2570.

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