Labor of Love: Building and Sustaining Your Farming Business

Date: Thursday, January 26, 2023
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Online Zoom Webinar
Cost: Free
Labor of Love: Building and Sustaining Your Farming Business

Most of the world’s farms can be classified as small, grossing less than $250,000 per year. And yet, studies show that small farms are more productive and efficient than large ones. The small farm model can also be a vehicle for improving soil fertility, air and water quality, healthier and more diverse animal, plant, and human populations, and fostering greater social equity, cohesion, and well-being. The USDA lists the public value of small farms as: Diversity; Environmental benefits; Empowerment and community responsibility; Places for families; Personal connection to food; and Economic foundations. But small farmers face many challenges. To assist our local small farmers on their journey to grow their important legacy, join us for this 4-Part series, Labor of Love!

Classes will be held on the following Thursdays, 10 – 11 AM on Zoom.

  • January 26 – Small-Scale Farming in Mendocino and Lake County: Successes and Challenges ~ an open discussion with local farmers and guest speaker Gowan Batist and John Bailey, Director at University of California Hopland Research and Extension Center, and facilitated by Sydney Grange of Meadow Farm.
  • February 2 – Essentials of Accessing Capital and Licensing/Permitting for small farms with Tri-Counties Bank and Vince Trotter, Sustainable Ag Coordinator and Agricultural Ombudsman at UC Cooperative Extension, Marin County
  • February 9 – Crop Profitability & Farm Accounting Basics, ~ Session on how to determine the profitability of your farm using planting records, educated guesses on labor and dollars per acreage, and tracking with user friendly spreadsheets.
  • February 16 – Marketing Your Farm – insights gained from local farmers that are marketing their products successfully
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