Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Beginning Farming Academy Now Accepting Applications!

Beginning Farming Academy
November 1, 8 AM to 8 PM, November 2nd, 8 AM to 5 PM
UC Cooperative Extension Placer/Nevada, Dewitt Center, Auburn, CA

This is a 2-day intensive introduction to starting a small commercial farm or ranch. If you are considering starting a small ag operation in the foothills, you should attend the Academy. Learn about assessing your resources and choosing products, the basics of market-driven farming and basic economic tools. The Academy includes two field trips to complement classroom instruction and discussion. You will finish with an action plan for jumpstarting your operation.

This workshop does not address production practices, but focuses on market, business, and economic planning for small farms. Local expert farmers and ranchers and UCCE Farm Advisors will help you refine your plans for your farm or ranch.
Topics addressed in the Academy include:
Getting Started and Charting Your Course
Top 10 Essentials for a Successful Business
Market-driven Farming: What Can You Sell?
Planning, Market, & Customer Research
Marketing Strategies
Farm Visit                       
Economic Principles for Farmers
Market Research at Foothill Farmers’ Market
Introduction to Farm Economics
Capital Purchases
Enterprise Analysis                    
Action Planning

The class runs from 8 AM to 8 PM on November 1st, and 8 AM to 5 PM on November 2nd. Participants are expected to attend the entire Academy.
The Beginning Farming Academy is partially funded by a Specialty Crop Block Grant from CDFA, so instruction and materials are free of charge. Meal cost for the two days is $60, and includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks on Friday; and breakfast, lunch, and snacks on Saturday.

If you are interested in attending, please fill out the application as completely as possible, as we cannot accept all the applications we receive, and we rank them on the information provided.
The application is at: Applicants will be notified within two weeks whether or not they have been accepted. Once accepted, an applicant with have one week to register and pay for the Academy.

For questions or more information on the Academy, please contact Cindy Fake at