Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Food Safety Workshop for Local Growers

Consumers value fresh and local, but above all, they want to trust in the quality and
safety of the products they buy. That’s why the Produce Marketing Association (PMA), the trade organization supporting the fresh produce supply chain, Sysco Corporation, FreshPoint, Raley’s Supermarkets, Taylor Farms, and HarvestMark have joined forces to develop and deliver a series of one-day programs uniquely-tailored to help local growers explore the challenges of implementing a company food safety plan, meet the requirements of various customers, and above all, protect your business and bottom line. Through hands-on demonstrations and discussions with experts, you will leave with the tools you need to build your own customized food safety program, based upon your
specific business model.

Date:  Thursday, March 14, 2013
Location:  7062 Pacific Avenue
Pleasant Grove, CA
Registration:  8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Food Safety Training:  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cost:  $35.00

For Agenda & Registration Information contact:
Nancy Johnston
(281) 899-4217

Friday, January 18, 2013

Upcoming Marketing Workshops

Marketing Academy: Feb 22 & 23: 4 separate marketing workshops. 9 AM to 12 PM, 1 – 4 PM. Attend one or all four. $5 each covers materials & refreshments. If you plan to stay all day, please bring your own lunch. More details coming soon to the Foothill Farming website at http://ucanr.org/sites/placernevadasmallfarms/
·         Wholesale marketing
·         Merchandising & customer relations
·         Increasing produce sales by using nutrition information for marketing
·         Marketing Meat

Colusa Farm Direct Marketing Workshop
March 7th, 8:30 Am to 3 PM, Colusa Sponsored by Colusa County RCD. 530.458.2931

Friday, January 11, 2013

Farm Business Planning Course

Thursday nights, 6-9 PM, February 7 to March 14, plus Saturday, February 9th, 10 AM-4 PM
UC Cooperative Extension, 11477 E Avenue, Auburn, CA

Cost is $40 per operation, up to 3 people may attend from an operation. Includes course materials, business workbook, and refreshments.

Farm Business Planning is an in-depth, six-week class on economic and organizational strategies and tools for a successful farm business. The course is intended for those who have been in business for at least a year, and want to get a better handle on the business aspects of their farm or ranch operation. It covers farm economics, cash flow management, operations planning, risk management, and marketing strategies.

The course is limited to a total of 8 farms/ranches so that we can focus on each individual farm or ranch and help you build more successful farms and ranches. There is homework for each session, and we ask participants to commit to attending all 7 sessions.

For more information, contact Roger Ingram rsingram@ucanr.edu or Cindy Fake cefake@ucanr.edu
02315_rma_logoThis course is funded in part by a grant from the USDA Risk Management Agency

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Central Valley Farm Finance Expo! January 10th, RSVP today!

Central Valley Farm Finance Expo 

Please join us for an exciting FarmLink event! We will look at many creative ways of getting capital to grow your farm business, explore farm financing options, improve your financial management skills and prepare yourself for filing taxes! Learn about your options, meet farm lenders, mingle with other producers and find out what's new at FarmLink in 2013!

Event Info
January 10th, 2013, 1-5 PM
Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services
3333 3rd Ave.
Sacramento, CA  95817

Register for $25 at http://centralvalleyfarmfinanceexpo.brownpapertickets.com

For more information or to ask about scholarships please email liya@cafarmlink.org
Donate and
Bring a coat to donate to the Sacramento Food Bank and receive a $10 discount! Please email liya@cafarmlink.org to receive your discount code or with any questions!