STATESVILLE – The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service is currently accepting applications for the 2013 Piedmont Farm School, a training program for beginning and transitioning farmers. The seven-month educational program focuses on operating successful small-scale, sustainable farms.
For more information, including a registration form, visit http://iredell.ces.ncsu.edu or call (704)873-0507. Class size is limited.
The Piedmont Farm School offers seven business-planning seminars taught by Agriculture Economists, which give farmers the tools to create a viable business plan. Each business session focuses on different areas of a business plan, including financial management and effective marketing strategies. By the end of the program, participants will have a complete business plan for their enterprise.
The program also includes seven field trips to working farms, led by innovative, experienced farmers and agricultural professionals. Participants learn low-cost, sustainable farming methods in a range of production systems, including fruits, vegetables, cows, pigs, poultry, goats, specialty crops, and agritourism.
Business classes meet the second Tuesday of the month beginning in February from 6 to 9 pm at the Davidson County Extension Center. Farm field days are typically on the fourth Thursday of the month from 9 am to 3 pm. The farm field days will take place at various farms throughout the Piedmont.
Registration deadline is December 14, one person: $200, two people: $250, families of three or more: $300.
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