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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

Tuesdays, 6:00-8:30pm, Jan. 15 thru Apr. 2, 2019 + 1 Saturday TBD

Location

WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium
600 – 128th St SE
Everett, WA  98208

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

Instructors

Much of the strength of the Cultivating Success program lies with the network of experts, farmers, organizations, and others that provide students with the expertise, real-world examples, and resources necessary to develop a successful farm operation. We are fortunate to have a trio of individuals helping facilitate the courses:

Bobbi Lindemulder, cattle rancher and District Operations Program Manager for the Snohomish Conservation District

Kate Ryan, grower and Agriculture Program Coordinator for WSU Snohomish County Extension.

Anthony Gromko, WSU Community Sustainability Specialist with expertise in sustainable systems, organizational leadership, micro-finance, entrepreneurship, and small business development.

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