Small farm workshop designed for beginners

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AMBRIDGE, Pa. — Are you thinking about starting a farm business, but not sure how to get started? Exploring the Small Farm Dream is a course designed to help you decide whether starting a farm business is right for you.

This nine-hour (three evening sessions) course includes discussion, research tools, and self-assessment activities.

By the end of the class you will decide on an action plan that works best for you and will have the tools and contacts to help you get started.

The class is tailored toward people seeking a career change into food or farming; hobbyists considering developing an informal pastime into a business activity; individuals newly retired or planning for retirement who are thinking about starting a farm business; immigrants with agricultural experience who wish to start farming in the U.S.; recent high school or college graduates exploring a career in agriculture, and others.

Learn from qualified Penn State Extension Educators about business planning, risk management, and feasibility analysis.

The Sept. 7 session will be held from 6-9 p.m., and is called Self-Assessment and Researching the Farming Landscape.

The second session is Sept. 14, at the same time, and is called Assessing Resource and Risk.

Session three is Sept 21, same time, and called Decision-Making and Next Steps.

The class is $90 per person or $140 for two farm business partners. Early bird registration ends Aug. 25th

The event will be located at Paramount Co-op, 233 Merchant Ave. Ambridge, PA 15003. Register at http://extension.psu.edu/business/farm/events to register. Deadline to register is Sept. 1.

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