Whole Farm Planning for Beginning Women Farmers, 2012-2013 Session

Whole Farm Planning for Beginning Women Farmers, 2012-2013 Session in Western Massachusetts CISA (Community Involved In Sustaining Agriculture) is now soliciting applications for the 2012-2013 Beginning Women Farmer Program.  CISA is continuing its partnership with Holistic Management International (HMI) to offer a workshop series specifically aimed at women farmers in the state of Massachusetts. If you're a women who has been farming for less than ten years, the Whole Farm Planning series is an opportunity to learn from other women farmers and experienced mentors. The program consists of one-on-one mentorships, on-farm field days, business planning workshops, and round-table discussions with a network of women farmers to share concerns and successes. In order to cultivate a holistic understanding of farming, each aspect of farm planning will be laid out, from creating a business plan to financial management in order to cultivate a holistic understanding of farming. This is a 10-workshop series that has 7 sessions held in the winter months and 3 farm tour sessions in spring. The first class will be held in late October or early November. Dates, times and locations for the workshops are to be decided. Participants must attend all 10 sessions and the class size is limited to seventeen attendees that are Massachusetts residents. There is a fee for this series and scholarships may be available. To learn more about the program and to receive an application, please contact Devon Whitney-Deal at 413-665-7100 x22 or email devon@buylocalfood.org.

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