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FarmLink Business Resilience Intensive

FarmLink Business Resilience Intensive


Join California FarmLink for the…
FarmLink Business Resilience Intensive
March 4, 11, 18, 25th and April 1, 2020
Location: Petaluma – exact location to be announced upon enrollment
Cost: $140 for five sessions, including dinner and admission to the Farm Finance Expo

The Business Skills Training will be conducted through five in-person sessions:
* Wednesday, March 4th from 3-7 pm
* Wednesday, March 11th from 3-7 pm
* Wednesday, March 18th from 3-7 pm
* Farm Finance Expo on Wednesday, March 25th from 11 am-4 pm
* Wednesday, April 1st from 3-7 pm

Participants who have confirmed their participation will receive a “Farm Business Health Assessment.” This tool helps identify your business skills and needs, and assists in identifying goals to grow your knowledge and sustain your farm or ranch.

Each participant will complete their own “Farm Business Health Assessment” to assist instructors in working with you throughout the training.  

This series will provide you with the tools you need to evaluate the overall business health of your farm or ranch. It will help you to set goals for how to improve your business management practices for near-term sustainability and long-term wealth creation. Those who complete all sessions will receive a zip drive with all materials, a certificate of completion, a one- one-session with a business advisor, and an hour of one-on-one technical assistance with Poppy.

Topics included: How to structure your farm or ranch business, Labor, Accounting, Income Taxes, Understanding Cash Flow and Credit, Insurance, and Environmental and other regulations. 

This course is open to people who meet all of the following criteria:
1) Own or lease land where they operate a farm or ranch business
2) Have owned or operated their own farm or ranch business for at least three years
3) Farmers of field crops, row crops, nursery products, and poultry or livestock (the course is not applicable to vineyards or orchards)

To apply, email Lola Quasebarth with a short statement indicating:
1) if your operation is on leased land or land you own,
2) how long you have operated your farm or ranch business, and
3) the products that you sell. 

The course instructors are Poppy Davis, Poppy is a former CPA with a law degree who specializes in business training for small farms and ranches. Class sessions will be co-taught by a farmers including Moira Kuhn of Marin Roots Farm, Lennie Larkin of B-Side Farm, Jenny Trotter of Kibo Farm, and Sarah Silva of Green Star Farm. 

This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2017-70017-26886.

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