Thursday, October 20, 2011

Beginning Farm Planning Class in Auburn

Ready to start your own commercial farm or ranch in the foothills? Wondering where to start or what resources are available to help you? Build a good foundation for a profitable farm or ranch operation by attending the two-session Beginning Farm Planning class from 6-9 PM on October 25th and 27th in DeWitt Center in Auburn.

The Beginning Farm Planning course covers resource assessment, market research, the fundamentals of a business plan, economic analysis tools for small farms, and capital purchase decision-making. It is taught by a team of local producers and agricultural experts including Dan Macon of Flying Mule Farm in Auburn; Allen Edwards of Edwards Family Farm in Colfax; Carol Arnold of the Foothill Farmers’ Markets; Cindy Fake and Roger Ingram, Farm Advisors with the University of California Cooperative Extension. The course is sponsored by University of California Cooperative Extension and funded in part by a grant from WSARE, the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension program.

Class size is limited, so pre-registration is required.

Register for the workshop online at http://ucanr.org/beginfarming. Cost is $30 per farm, for up to 3 people. Scholarships are available. Contact UCCE Farm Advisor Cindy Fake at (530) 889-7385 or cefake@ucdavis.edu for more information or go to http://ucanr.org/sites/placernevadasmallfarms/.