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Cultivating Success

Program Contact: Kate Ryan, Agricultural Program Coordinator
(425) 357-6024 • kate.ryan@wsu.edu
The Cultivating Success™ program combines classroom and on-farm learning experiences to help foster the success of new and existing farms and ranches.

Agricultural Entrepreneurship

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 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. During the course, participants are guided in developing a business plan they can use to help finance and guide a new enterprise or expand an existing farm-based business.

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.”

When

Mondays, 5:30-8:30pm, Jan. 8 thru Mar. 12, 2018

Locations

We’ll be using web technology to simulcast between two locations and by utilizing speakers and facilitators in each location.

Renton
WSU King County Extension
1000 Oakesdale Ave SW, Suite 140
Renton, WA 98057

Stanwood
Klesick Family Farm
8504 Cedarhome Drive
Stanwood, WA 98292

Registration

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

Questions?

For more information on the courses, contact Kate Ryan, kate.ryan@wsu.edu, (425) 357-6024.

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. Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs who contact Karie Christensen at (425) 357-6012 or christensen4@wsu.edu at least two weeks prior to the event.

Who should take the courses?

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

Cultivating Success Instructor

Holly ThompsonAgriculture 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.