Small farm course set at Cuyahoga Valley Park

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PENINSULA, Ohio — With the explosion in numbers of farmers markets throughout the nation over the past several years, there is an increasing need for more farmers to help meet the rising consumer demands for fresh, local food.

With this in mind the Countryside Conservancy presents the ninth offering of Exploring the Small Farm Dream self assessment short-course to be held at Boston Store Visitor Center in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Goals

This highly rated four-session course begins March 7 and will take participants through the process of setting personal and farming goals, assessing available resources, determining if farming as a business is right for you and developing an action plan to guide next steps.

Attendees will take a close look at the realities of owning and managing a successful agricultural venture.

This course is designed for anyone who has considered starting a farm or other agricultural business, including farming full-time or part-time farming while continuing other employment, changing careers to start a farm, taking over an existing family farm business and/or developing an existing informal agricultural pastime into a more serious business activity.

Established farmers who are re-strategizing their businesses have also benefited from the course. This is not a farm business planning course, but a precursor to farm business planning.

Information

The course instructor, Katie Myers-Griffith, is the Countryside Conservancy’s Farmland Programs Coordinator. For more information about the program, or to request registration forms contact Stephanie Webb at 330-657-2542 or swebb@cvcountryside.org, or visit the Countryside Conservancy’s website at www.cvcountryside.org.

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