StartUp Washington, a website for those looking to start their own business created by the Washington State Department of Commerce, is offering a free online panel discussion on November 17 on what you need to know if you are thinking about starting a farm. The panel includes knowledgeable speakers from area organizations who can help you realize your dreams. From the course description:
“You want to be a farmer, but are you really ready? Our panel discussion will address various paths one can take to get started in farming and discuss the necessary skills one needs to obtain to embark upon a successful future in the career. We’ll explore the wide variety of opportunities available for starting a farm and a farm business ranging from farm incubators programs, to formal education. We will also hear from successful vegetable growers and livestock producers who are relatively new to the career and learn how they got started and the steps they have taken to maintain successful operations. Through a series of presentations, participants will see the exciting choices available. The program culminates in a moderated panel discussion of experts representing farm schools, incubator programs, as well as established farmers.”
Also, check out WSU Extension’s Cultivating Success program. Weekly classes for those thinking about starting a farm business, and an Agricultural Entrepreneurship class for new farmers ready to build a business plan.
You can also always contact our office for additional information on starting a farm in Island County. Contact Loren Imes by email or call (360) 639-6059.