Winter Workshop Series for Farmers

Farmers and related business owners and operators, you are invited to participate in CISA’s eight-workshop series, “The Crossroads: Mapping Out Your Farm’s Future,” beginning January 2017. In order to map out the future of your farm, you need a solid foundation with which to review your past and assess your present. This workshop series will support farm owners and operators in decision making for realistic long-term financial, operational, marketing, and personal goals. Examples in the workshops will be farm related, but the skills and methodology will be relevant to all businesses.

Participation in the whole series is encouraged. You will be eligible for a one-on-one consultation by attending one Business Plan workshop. Attending three workshops gives you the eligibility for an additional one-on-one consultation related to the topic of any workshop being held. Dinner will be served at each session. The cost to attend the series is $90 for Local Hero members, or $15 for each individual workshop. The non-member fee is $110 for the series, or $18 for each individual workshop. Questions? Contact Stevie Schafenacker via email or at (413) 665-7100, ext. 27. If cost is a barrier to your participation, please feel free to contact Stevie to discuss options as we want everyone to be able to get the training they need to effectively operate their business. Scholarships may be available. The first half hour of each workshop will be for food and socializing. Workshops will begin promptly thereafter.

Funding for CISA’s “The Crossroads: Mapping Out Your Farm’s Future” is provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Farm Service Agency under Federal Award Identification No. USDA-FA-MA-6-007, USDA/National Institute of Food and Agriculture under award 2016-70017-25423, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service through grant 16FMPPMA0002 and by individual contributors and Local Hero members. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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