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WSU Extension offers course on small farming enterprises

WSU Kitsap County Extension’s course on starting and sustaining a profitable small farm or agricultural enterprise starts Jan. 19.

Community members are invited to sign up for this intensive, hands-on learning opportunity. The course features a local guest speakers including bankers, accountants, attorneys and successful farm owners.

Participants will gain skills in business planning, direct marketing and record-keeping. They’ll also receive information on federal and state programs targeted to the needs of small producers, including resources to improve risk management and conservation practices.

The course is designed for both beginning farmers as well as current growers who are looking to take their farm in a new direction. Guest lecturers are regional growers who are models of sustainable agriculture in their farming and marketing practices.

Students will complete the course having developed a business plan they can take to the bank to finance their new enterprise or use as a roadmap for their farm business.

The cost of the 12-week course is $250 including materials. The cost to community members has been reduced by a USDA grant. Partial scholarships and Continuing Education Units are available.

The course will be held Thursday evenings through April 12, from 6:30-9 p.m. in Room 406 of the Norm Dicks Government Center at 345 Sixth St. in Bremerton.

To sign up for the course, contact Arno Bergstrom at 360-337-7225 or by email at awbergstrom@wsu.edu.

For course information and the registration form, visit http://kitsap.wsu.edu

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