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.
This is a 10-workshop series that has 5 sessions held in the winter months and 5 farm tour sessions in spring and summer. Specific dates, times and location for the workshops are to be decided.
2010 participants had this to say: “As a very small, organic market farmer I was looking to augment my knowledge in a number of areas related to my farm business – financial planning, farm planning and business strategic planning. Working with the women farmer group provided a number of groundbreaking opportunities and resources…The course material and instruction is both inspiring and extremely useful. Having taken many other ag business classes – Whole Farm Planning’s approach and high caliber of instruction is refreshing. The most amazing part of the process was meeting and visiting other women farmers. The networking and learning that has been facilitated by this process is priceless.” -Barbara Link “It’s been really eye-opening to look at the whole process.” -Patricia Stewart
If you’re interested in learning more or signing up for this program, contact Devon at 413-665-7100.
Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture, a non-profit that works to build a stronger local food system in Western Massachusetts, is excited to offer a workshop series aimed specifically at beginning women farmers.