Agricultural Entrepreneurship

Program Contact: Kate Ryan, Agriculture Program Coordinator
(425) 375-6024 • kate.ryan@wsu.edu

Chinook Farms CSA Opening Day‘Buying local’ seems to be on everyone’s list of resolutions. The popularity of keeping dollars in local circulation is gaining momentum. For farmers, capturing a larger share of this trend is crucial to growth and longevity. New farmers must look at their farm like any new business venture, while existing operations must carefully evaluate how any changes can affect land, labor, capital, resources, and profitability.

One of two foundation courses in the Cultivating Success program, Agricultural Entrepreneurship and Farm Business Planning helps new and current farmers gain skills in business planning and direct marketing.

This in-depth business planning course covers evaluating resources, planning and research, legal and management issues, marketing strategies, budgets and financial statements along with how to cultivate capital resources.

During the course, participants will develop a business plan they can literally take to the bank to finance a new enterprise or expand an existing farm-based business. In addition, the course will have a special emphasis on the financial and legal issues unique to farm-based businesses.

The course features a full line-up of local guest speakers including bankers, business professionals, and successful farm owners with a special emphasis on the financial and legal issues unique to farm-based businesses.

Comments from recent graduates include, “The unique opportunity to meet fellow successful farmers and business mentors is one of a kind.” “By the end of the course I had a farm business plan that I could take to the bank.” and  “The opportunity to evaluate my enterprise and make informed decisions is invaluable, after all the best place to make mistakes is on paper.”

New!!—You may be able to use AmeriCorps Awards to help pay registration costs. Please check with your award administrator for details on how to apply. For questions on using AmeriCorps Awards for WSU Extension’s Cultivating Success courses, contact Kevin Wright, WSU King County Extension Director, (206) 263-1917, wrightkc@wsu.edu.

When

Mondays 5:30-8:30pm Jan. 9 thru Mar. 20, 2017; plus two Saturdays Feb. 25 and Mar. 4, 2017 all day.

Two Locations

We’ll be using web technology to simulcast the course between two locations so students can participate closer to home.

ECC Gray Wolf Hall Carnation Farm’s Alpine Room
2000 Tower Street 28901 NE Carnation Farm Road
Everett, WA 98201 Carnation, WA 98014

Cost

$300 per farm/family (up to three people)

Registration

Class size is limited and pre-paid registration is required. Register online at AgEnt.BrownPaperTickets.com or download this form and mail with your check.

For more information on the course, contact Holly Small, hollynthompson@wsu.edu or Kate Ryan, kate.ryan@wsu.edu, (425) 357-6024.

Other courses in the Cultivating Success series

Sustainable Small Farming & Ranching

Farm Recordkeeping for Productivity and Profitability

EXTENSION PROGRAMS AND EMPLOYMENT ARE AVAILABLE TO ALL WITHOUT DISCRIMINATION. EVIDENCE OF NONCOMPLIANCE MAY BE REPORTED THROUGH YOUR LOCAL EXTENSION OFFICE OR TO THE WSU CENTER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS. PERSONS WITH A DISABILITY REQUIRING SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION CAN REQUEST ACCOMMODATION 21 DAYS BEFORE TRAINING AT (425) 338-2400. IF ACCOMMODATION IS NOT REQUESTED IN ADVANCE, WE CANNOT GUARANTEE AVAILABILITY ON-SITE.

Who should take the course?

Current and future small- to mid-scale farmers and ranchers and those considering farming as a career and/or lifestyle.

Learn how West Valley Beef ranchers Chuck and Bobbi Lindemulder came to be supporters of Cultivating Success.

Chuck and Bobbi Lindemulder
Chuck and Bobbi Lindemulder of West Valley Beef Duvall, WA

Instructor

Agriculture teacher and small farmer Holly Small has been leading, developing, and expanding our Cultivating Success courses since 2009 to excellent reviews.

During that time she’s become a go-to authority for local farms and farmers looking to expand opportunities and production while developing a long-term sustainable operation.

A WSU graduate in animal science and agriculture economics with an MS in agriculture education, Small has worked for Northwest Farm Credit Services as a loan officer and the Nestle Regional Training Center at Carnation Farm as Public Relations & Conference Center Manager.Holly Thompson

Course Sponsors

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Washington State University