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farm advocacy 101

upcoming webinar from RAFI USA

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Farm Advocacy 101
Tuesday, March 11th, 3:00 – 3:45 pm ET
>> Click here to register.

Sitting across the table from a banker or a loan officer is often intimidating and scary, especially when the farm is on the line. Who can farmers depend on to sit on their side of the table and provide guidance, or at least act as a witness, a note-taker, a second set of eyes and ears? Since the Farm Crisis of the 1980s, farm advocates have helped farmers navigate the maze of regulations that govern agriculture and access to farm credit. Continue reading


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a young farmer designing/running a profitable perennial farm

For those of you out there  interested in permaculture and needing camaraderie in the young farmers growing perennials for a living realm, meet Grant Schultz of Versaland. He’s transforming a 145 acre corn and soybean farm in Iowa into a broad acre perennial farm, capturing grants from the USDA,  implementing farm hack strategies (electric tractor), and offering workshops.

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He was recently interviewed on the Permaculture Voices Podcast. Click to learn more about Grant and how he’s making it all happen.

 


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food business planning 101

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Fare Resources is a Bay Area-based food and farm business consultancy building strong communities through food business consulting, company fare, and education. In March we are launching a 10-class business planning series for start-up and new food business entrepreneurs. In this series we will guide you through the process of writing a business plan and making your lofty IDEA a practical, possible REALITY. We feel strongly about offering business planning services at a fraction of the cost of the consulting work we do.  Continue reading


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maine grain alliance

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The Maine Grain Alliance seeks applications to award mini-grants of $200 – $1,000 to fund need-based technical assistance (TA) that will help grain-based business owners secure economic opportunities in Maine.  A total of $2500 will be awarded in this round of grants. 

For more information about the Maine Grain Alliance and its other programs, please visit mainegrainalliance.com.  The Maine Grain Alliance is a 501c3 non-profit organization.  This technical assistance grant program is made possible by a donor-advised grant program at the Maine Community Foundation.

For more information about the request for proposals email amber@mainegrains.com. Please email completed proposals to: amber@mainegrains.com. Application Deadline: August 30th 5:00 pm. Awards Announcement: September 20th.

 


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farm business class

Registration is now open for the Vermont New Farmer Project farm business class Growing Places.

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This Summer:
Growing Places for aspiring and start-up farmers
Location: Vital Communities offices, White River Junction, VT
Time: 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Dates: June 24, July 8, July 22, & August 5
Fess: $100-$135
Registration Deadline: June 10; early discounts available for registrations by May 31.

This four session course introduces new and aspiring farmers to important topics, resources and services integral to getting their farm started off right.  Participants will learn about the cornerstones of farm business development—goal setting and decision making, accessing capital and financial management, exploring markets, and learning about the resources and services available to support beginning farmers.  Continue reading


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strawberry sustainability grant

berriesany farmers out there have spring strawberries on the brain? check out this opportunity from the University of Arkansas:

The Strawberry Sustainability Initiative grants program administered by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture and is open to applicants from across the country. They anticipate awarding 20 to 25 grants ranging from $50,000 to $200,000.

You can find more information in the attached RFP and press release. The grant program’s website is http://strawberry.uark.edu/, plus a blog at  http://wordpress.uark.edu/sberries/. In addition, you can connect via Facebook and Twitter.

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