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Small farm start-up workshops

Event information

Date

Add to Calendar 2021-03-03 18:30:00 2021-03-03 20:30:00 Small farm start-up workshops This workshop series will provide you with a solid background in all aspects of small farm operation and management. The basic agricultural information will help you make the correct farm purchase for starting or expanding a small farm or buying an acreage.  And it will help you be a good steward of your land and prepare you for more advanced learning opportunities. The eight-week course begins with goal setting and individual property inventory, then addresses soils, crops, livestock, equipment, buildings and finances and marketing. You’ll also have plenty of time for networking and questions. Farm tours and farmer panels are included. All participants will develop a business plan. Deadline to register is March 3, 2021 This is an 8-week course. The workshops will be held Wednesday evenings, 6:30-8:30 p.m., beginning March 10, 2021. Topics: Taking Stock: What do I have and what do I want to do? Develop short and long term goals, complete an inventory and property map. Introduction to Extension and our resources and programs. What can I do with my property? Local and state regulations and your goals. Production systems, marketing and economics for agricultural and rural enterprises. Farm transitions and land access. Soil, Water, Air, Climate: Learn about soil structure, health and fertility. Learn how to use integrated sustainable systems to be good stewards of all your natural resources. Regenerative and practical practices. Buildings, Equipment, Crops, and Livestock: What do you want to produce? Learn about the buildings, equipment, power and supplies you'll need. Woodlands and Wildlife: Information to best care for your trees and woodlots. Invasive weeds, pollinators and wildlife habitats. Agroforestry. Silvopasture. Home-Grown Fruits, Nuts and Vegetables: Successful vegetable and fruit production for home use or sale. Managing fruit trees and vines. Explore options for selling produce. Alternative production systems. Food safety planning. Animal Care and Management: Animal husbandry, manure management, pasture management, zoning and permitting, labor required and costs of livestock; emphasis on poultry, sheep, goats, and cattle. Tours and Panels: Visit small farm businesses to get ideas and inspiration. Q&A with farmer panel. Networking with suppliers, vendors, buyers, information providers. Topics are subject to change based on the needs of the participants. America/Chicago public

Location

Online course

Contact

Rod Greder, Extension educator
320-591-1662, gred0014@umn.edu

This workshop series will provide you with a solid background in all aspects of small farm operation and management. The basic agricultural information will help you make the correct farm purchase for starting or expanding a small farm or buying an acreage.  And it will help you be a good steward of your land and prepare you for more advanced learning opportunities.

The eight-week course begins with goal setting and individual property inventory, then addresses soils, crops, livestock, equipment, buildings and finances and marketing. You’ll also have plenty of time for networking and questions. Farm tours and farmer panels are included. All participants will develop a business plan.

Deadline to register is March 3, 2021

This is an 8-week course. The workshops will be held Wednesday evenings, 6:30-8:30 p.m., beginning March 10, 2021.

Topics:

  • Taking Stock: What do I have and what do I want to do? Develop short and long term goals, complete an inventory and property map. Introduction to Extension and our resources and programs.
  • What can I do with my property? Local and state regulations and your goals. Production systems, marketing and economics for agricultural and rural enterprises. Farm transitions and land access.
  • Soil, Water, Air, Climate: Learn about soil structure, health and fertility. Learn how to use integrated sustainable systems to be good stewards of all your natural resources. Regenerative and practical practices.
  • Buildings, Equipment, Crops, and Livestock: What do you want to produce? Learn about the buildings, equipment, power and supplies you'll need.
  • Woodlands and Wildlife: Information to best care for your trees and woodlots. Invasive weeds, pollinators and wildlife habitats. Agroforestry. Silvopasture.
  • Home-Grown Fruits, Nuts and Vegetables: Successful vegetable and fruit production for home use or sale. Managing fruit trees and vines. Explore options for selling produce. Alternative production systems. Food safety planning.
  • Animal Care and Management: Animal husbandry, manure management, pasture management, zoning and permitting, labor required and costs of livestock; emphasis on poultry, sheep, goats, and cattle.
  • Tours and Panels: Visit small farm businesses to get ideas and inspiration. Q&A with farmer panel. Networking with suppliers, vendors, buyers, information providers.

Topics are subject to change based on the needs of the participants.

Audience

  • Anyone thinking of starting or expanding a small farm or buying an acreage.

Cost

Early registration: $199 through February 24, 2021.
Late registration: An additional $20 will be charged for registrations after February 24, 2021. 

Pine County residents or those planning to buy a farm in Pine County are eligible for a $50 discount and should contact Rod Greder, Ag Educator, at 320-591-1662 or gred0014@umn.edu for the discount code.

Registration

Registration ends March 3, 2021.

No refunds will be issued for cancellations after registration closes. Cancellations prior to close of registration will be fully refunded.

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