Educational Opportunity for New, Beginning, and Small Farmers in VA

Exploring the Small Farm Dream Presented by Piedmont Environmental Council and The Local Food Project at Airlie http://www.airlie.org/activities/smallfarmdream09.htm Nov. 4th, 11th, 18th and December 2nd (Wednesdays from 6:30-9:00 PM) Airlie Institute, Warrenton, VA If you’ve ever considered launching a small farm enterprise, but are unsure of where to start, this course is for you! Designed by the New England Small Farm Institute to help guide you through an initial exploratory decision-making process, “Exploring the Small Farm Dream” bridges the gap between ideas and action. What to Expect: Creative exercises, research and class discussion that will help you assess your skills and resources Interviews with local farm business owners that will assist you in deciding how to carry your dream forward The opportunity to connect with others interested in starting a new agricultural enterprise in the region. Participants MUST be able to attend ALL four sessions. November 4th: Expressing Farm Dreams and Evaluating Goals November 11th: Researching the Landscape and Interviewing Current Farm Innovators November 18th: Assessing Resources and Risk December 2nd: Decision-Making and Identification of Next Steps To register, please contact Pablo Elliott at pelliott@airlie.org or 540-347-1300 ext. 3163. Cost is $150 for all four sessions, plus workbook. A limited number of scholarships is available. Contact Stacey Carlberg for a scholarship application: Scarlberg@pecva.org or 540-341-0175 ext. 1#

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