Monday, January 5, 2015

Check out these GREAT upcoming workshops offered by Grange Farm School!

California Whole Farm/Ranch Business Planning Course
January 17January 30-31, and March 6-7
Register here
This in depth course is being offered in California as part of HMI’s Whole Farm/Ranch Business Planning Series. While many folks are attracted to farming and ranching because of their love of the land or their desire to do truly meaningful work, farming and ranching is still a business. At HMI we know that to create a sustainable, healthy agricultural enterprise, you need to run it like a business. So, we’ve created our Whole Farm/Ranch Business Planning course to give both new and experienced farmers and ranchers the knowledge and tools they need to do just that. While many of our other programs teach both business and production techniques, this one will focus on the business side of your business.
Our five-day course is taught over approximately six weeks, so you have plenty of time to start applying what you’ve learned, while you’re still enrolled in the course. Naturally, we teach the Holistic Management Farming/Ranching system that’s been helping ag producers build sustainable farms and ranchers for thirty years. Participants will be develop a draft business plan, a whole farm/ranch goal, as well as both financial and marketing plans.
Due to grant funding the cost for this program (valued at $800) is being offered at $100 per person. A limited number of full scholarships are available bringing the registration cost down to zero. If you’d like to be considered for a scholarship, fill out the Scholarship Application and return to Julie Fierro, HMI Education Manager Lunch is included.

Winter Pruning in the Butler Cherry Orchard
January 18 at the Grange Farm School Orchard
10-4, lunch will be provided
Learn from Experts Leo Buc (Common Vision) and Tim Ward (Anderson Valley Community Farm) how to: 
Plan and establish a new orchard
Restore neglected fruit trees
Prune for different species
Disease Management
Grafting new varieties
The day will provide a mix of lecture and guided hands-on practice in a mixed aged orchard with a variety of fruit types. $35 general public, $20 Grange/Guild members

To register, write to