The FarmStart training courses are coming to Chatham-Kent and Essex. These sessions are designed for people who want to farm but can’t go the usual capital and land-intensive route. People seeking insight into direct marketing, diversifying, growing high value crops and small scale, intensive farm practices would also be interested in the courses.
Farm Viability Workshops: Using Financial Tools for Confident Decision Making is a three-day course that will be held on Nov. 28, Jan. 9 and Jan 23.
Are you wondering if you can run a real sustainable farm – a financially viable one? This course breaks down managing farm financials for effective decision-making. The Workshops will focus on setting up your chart of accounts, costs of production, cash flow budgets and financial statements.
Facilitated by Chris Knight of Clear Creek Farms, the course will be held at the United Way in Chatham. Cost is $195 per person or $350 per farming pair.
The two-day course, Digging Into Farming: Planning Your New Farm Business, will be held Feb. 6 and 13, 10 a.m to 3:30 p.m. from at the Atlas Tube Centre in Lakeshore. The course will be facilitated by Joe Grootenboer of River Bell Market Garden. Cost is $200/person, $360/farming pair.
The course will provide a greater understanding of the different assets, skills and resources you need, access to a range of available resources and learning opportunities, a broader peer group, and connections to local coaches, mentors and advisors.