Do you have a creative farming idea?
Need practical guidance to help turn your farm into a profitable business?
If you answered yes to these questions, then the Grow Your Farm course is right for you. Grow Your Farm will help you translate your farming ideas into a successful business venture.
Grow Your Farm is designed for prospective farmers, beginners with some experience and seasoned farmers who want to make a “new beginning” with alternative farming methods. MU Extension specialists and experienced, innovative farmers teach the sessions.
Information on production techniques is relatively easy to find and use, but what many landowners need is help to develop the farm as a profitable business. With this in mind, Grow Your Farm is designed to assist you, the producer, in creating and planning your farm as a business.
Registration fee is $225. Registration Deadline is September 25. 2009.
For more information contact:
Dean Wilson, Ag & rural Development Specialist
636.797.5391 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Or to register:
St. Louis County Extension
121 S. Meramec, Suite 501
Clayton, MO 63105
PDF Brochure: GYF Fall09Brochure
Session 1: Identifying Values & Creating Goals, Tuesday, September 29th, 6:30 pm
Debi Kelly, Project Manager, Missouri Alternatives Center , University of Missouri
Brett Palmier, Biver Farms, vegetable production
Session 2: Planning Your Farm, Tuesday, October 6th, 6:30 pm
Ron Mueller, Small Business Development Specialist
Karen Davis, Lincoln University Horticulture Regional Educator, former producer of specialty cut flowers to over 30 local florists
Session 3: Walking the Farm, Tuesday, October 10th, 10:30 am Farm Tour, Hillsboro, MO
Morning: Dorothy Wideman Farm, take a wagon ride and learn how to evaluate land for ag production
Dean Wilson, Agriculture and Rural Development Specialist, University of Missouri Extension
Wendy Miller, family farmstead, fruit trees, horses, vegetables, beekeeping
Afternoon: Ivan Stoilov, fig production, geothermal greenhouses, heirloom tomatoes
Session 4: Assessing Opportunities, Wednesday, October 14th, 6:30 pm
Tour the Maplewood Farmers’ Market
Trish Grim, Lincoln University Small Farm Specialist
Presentation by Lee Farm with Abraham and Ingrid, in cooperation with Slow Foods of St. Louis
Session 5: Keeping Track of Finances, Tuesday, October 27th, 6:30 pm
Lynn Meyer, Corn, soybeans, wheat, plans finances two years in advance
Stan Cook, Loan Officer, Missouri Department of Agriculture, learn about Mo Dept. of Ag loans for small farms, specialty crops
Matt Hardecke, Loan Officer, FCS Financial. Will explain what you need to get an ag loan
Session 6: Farm Tours, Saturday, October 24th
Farm Tours: TBA
Session 7: Marketing Your Farm Products, Tuesday, November 3rd, 6:30 pm
Tricia Wagner, Yellow Wood Farms, vegetable production, trees, CSA
Bob Lober , St. Isidore Farm, Hoop House vegetable production, markets to restaurants
Andy Ayers, Eat Here St. Louis, restaurant owner, buys and markets produce
Session 8: Understanding Legal Issues, Tuesday, November 10th, 6:30 pm St. Louis County Extension Center
Janet Hurst, Lincoln University Small Farm Specialist, dairy and cheese production
Virginia Phillips, St. Louis County Health Department , handling of fruits and vegetables, licensed kitchens
Bill Threkeld, USDA , handling of meats and poultry
Session 9: Presenting your Farm Plan, Monday, November 16th
Sponsored by the University of Missouri Extension, Lincoln University Extension, Schlafly Bottleworks and Slow Foods St. Louis