Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Do you dream about starting a small farm or ranch?
The Beginning Farming Academy is for you!

 Is your dream to run a small farm or ranch? Are you ready to get started on your dream? Apply for the Beginning Farming Academy offered by the University of California Cooperative Extension on April 8th and 9th, 2016. The class is held in Auburn and runs from 8 AM to 8 PM on Friday, April 8th, and from 8 AM to 5 PM on Saturday, April 9th.  March 28th is the application deadline.
The Academy is a 2-day intensive introduction to starting a small commercial farm or ranch and will help prospective farmers jumpstart their operations.  Participants will learn to assess their land and resources, research markets, and analyze the potential economic viability of their operation.
The workshop focuses on markets, business, and economic planning for small farms, rather than on production practices. The class is taught by University of California Farm Advisors and expert local farmers and ranchers. It includes field trips to a farm and certified farmers’ market.
The class is limited to 15 prospective producers. To apply, please complete the online application form at http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=17448. Applicants are advised to answer the questions as completely as possible, as acceptance is based on the information provided in the application.
The Beginning Farming Academy is partially funded by a Western Extension Risk Management Education grant from the U. S. Department of Agriculture. Meal cost for the two days is $70, and includes all meals and snacks on Friday and breakfast, lunch, and snacks on Saturday.
For questions or more information on the Beginning Farming Academy, please contact Cindy Fake at cefake@ucanr.edu or530.889.7385.