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February 2022

Taking your farm financial recordkeeping to the next level

February 10 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

This is the first of CISA's three-workshop series on "Farm financial management: taking it to the next level." Click here for information about this workshop series. It’s not too late to register! This session will help you optimize your chart of accounts setup, tease apart which parts of your farm are and aren’t making money, and use your financial statements for more strategic farm decision making. Learn how to draw key information from your farm’s profit and loss statement and balance…

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How to accept SNAP and WIC/Senior Coupons

February 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Making Local Food More Accessible: Welcoming SNAP & WIC/Senior Coupons, and All Who Use Them Part 1: How to accept SNAP and WIC/Senior Coupons Learn what it takes to accept SNAP and WIC & Senior coupons at your farm and how being a part of these programs enables you to feed your neighbors and boost your bottom line. We’ll be covering what these programs are, how they can fit into your business, and what it takes to register with these…

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Getting More for Your Milk: Partnering with processors to venture into value-added sales

February 16 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) is launching a new initiative to connect dairy farmers with small-scale dairy processors. Ever think about starting your own brand of cheese, yogurt or butter? Do you need help finding a co-packer to make the product for you and don't know where to start? Or, are you seeking ways to add value and additional income to your wholesale dairy? Join our virtual Learning Session on Wednesday, February 16th from 10am-12pm, where we'll tackle transportation,…

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Finding cash in your farm business: profitability vs. cash flow

February 17 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

This is the second of CISA's three-workshop series on "Farm financial management: taking it to the next level." Click here for information about this workshop series. It’s not too late to register! Just because you have $40K in net profit doesn’t mean you have $40K in the bank. These two ideas get confused very often, but net income and cash flow are each important — and distinct — measures of success. Learn the best ways to track where your cash…

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CISA’s summer farmers’ market manager meetup

February 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Summer farmers’ market manager meetup Thursday, February 24, 2-3:15 Free, remote Open to all managers of summer farmers’ markets in Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin counties! This is an opportunity for farmers’ market managers to connect with one another and learn the challenges and opportunities their fellow markets are facing. This will be an informal session facilitated by CISA with some guiding questions. CISA will also share the farmers’ market support opportunities managers have available to them. This will help inform…

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Budgeting tools to keep your farm on track

February 24 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

This is the third of CISA's three-workshop series on "Farm financial management: taking it to the next level." Click here for information about this workshop series. It’s not too late to register! Learn why budgets are an incredibly powerful — though underutilized — tool for farm business management. This session will equip you with a flexible budgeting tool that you can use year after year for your farm. You’ll get expert advice on how to identify past trends, methodically forecast…

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March 2022

Best Practices: SNAP and welcoming low-income customers at your farm

March 1 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Making Local Food More Accessible: Welcoming SNAP & WIC/Senior Coupons, and All Who Use Them Part 2: Best Practices - SNAP and welcoming low-income customers at your farm Your farm accepts SNAP (or you’re working on setting up SNAP), but how to make the most of this tool and have it be a success?  Join us to hear a panel of farmers on how they incorporate accepting SNAP at their business in a way that makes clients feel welcome and…

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