CSA Farm Planning Course in Wisconsin

Michael Fields Agricultural Institute is offering a CSA Farm Planning Course this winter (2012) in Wisconsin. Spend this winter creating or improving your CSA program from the ground up!  This Course is designed for:

  • Those looking to expand their farms to incorporate a CSA enterprise
  • Those running CSAs, but who want to step back and create better plans
  • Those wanting new ways to plan, market, execute, document and evaluate their enterprise
  • Those looking to network with and learn from other growers
The CSA Planning Course assumes that participants have vegetable growing experience and a general knowledge of the CSA concept.  It is open and valuable to both those contemplating a CSA and those who have started a CSA program but would like to learn new planning and decision-making tools. Course Dates Friday and Saturday, January 20th & 21st 2012 8:30am-5pm Friday and Saturday, January 27th & 28th 2012 8:30am-5pm Cost The full cost of this course (4 days) is $350. Through generous funding from the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, scholarships for up to $175 are available. Register online at www.michaelfields.org. Location Michael Fields Agricultural Institute W2493 County Rd. ES, East Troy, WI 53120

Lodging and Food Box lunches and snacks are provided at each session.  Dorm-style lodging is available at Michael Fields for those who would like to stay overnight during these 2-day sessions of the course at a rate of $25 per night.  Please indicate your lodging needs on the registration form. CSA Course Topics Include:
  • Core values of your CSA
  • Business and risk management
  • Capitalization and growth
  • Marketing, pricing, and communication
  • Production planning from seeds to harvest
  • Harvest, post-harvest handling and distribution
Sessions are taught by successful CSA farmers and business professionals, integrating personal stories with technical knowledge.  For additional information about course content, Jodie Janovec, at (920) 723-8085 farmandfood@michaelfields.org. This course is supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant # 2009-49400-05943. For other workshops and information on how you can be a part of sustainable agriculture visit our website: The Farm Business Development Center at Prairie Crossing Farm , the Madison Area Community Supported Agriculture Coalition. For more information and to apply online, visit us at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute.

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