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Beginning the Farm: Growing a financially, socially, and environmentally sustainable business

Beginning the Farm: Growing a financially, socially, and environmentally sustainable business
Thu, 03/06/2014 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
Community Center Media Room, Goddard College, 123 Pitkin Rd.
Plainfield, VT

What does it take to transform a homestead into a successful farm business? How can you get started farming with limited assets but a passion for production?

Jessie Schmidt, UVM Extension New Farmer Project Coordinator, will present an introduction to the resources and services available to beginning farmers, and share tips for transforming agricultural aspirations into business plans and farm enterprises. We'll discuss developing production skills, accessing capital, finding affordable farmland, and reaching markets. Bring your experiences and questions.

This event is free and open to the public as presented by Goddard's Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability program. Questions? Contact Catherine Lowther.

More about Jessie Schmidt: Jessie offers program support for The Women's Ag Network and other community and agriculture related programs at UVM Extension. She spent most of her youth dreaming of becoming a farmer and all of her adult life supporting the efforts of farmers. For the last 8 years, Jessie managed the Capital City Farmers Market in Montpelier. Previous to that she worked on farms, developed retail markets for farmers, and administered education and certification programs for organic farmers. At home, Jessie raises produce, chicken, eggs, and pork for her family and plays with her kids.