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Grow Your Farm - Three Workshops to Help You Farm Smarter!

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WSU Snohomish County Extension's Cougar Auditorium

600 – 128th Street SE (McCollum Park)

Everett, WA 98208

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For many farms, raising a high-quality product is but one step on the journey to a sustainable farm. Often, the biggest challenges to farm success lie in non-farming activities like finding and retaining customers, deciding how much to grow of what, figuring out how much it costs to raise a product, or even the legal snags inherent with renting a piece of farmland to start or expand your farm. As with so many things, the less you know now, the more it will likely cost you later.

Marketing & Market Research for Farmers – Tuesday, December 4, 7:00pm-9:00pm

Who’s going to buy what you are selling? Do you know who your customers are? How will you convince them to buy from you? Join us for an evening on Marketing & Market Research for Farmers. Learn how to identify potential customers and connect with them during this workshop. We’ll look at some of the market research tools available to the modern farm business along with a discussion on how to capture the interest – and purchasing dollars – of potential customers. Emily Felt, from Sno-Isle Libraries Business Services, will demo some of the new resources they have available for conducting market research and identifying potential new customers. Writer, photographer, and farm-to-table documentarian Audra Mulkern will share what she’s learned about capturing and retaining customers through the gentle art of storytelling. Founder of The Female Farmer Project, Audra’s work highlights the rise of women in agriculture as well as helping change the way we look at food and farming. In addition, Micha Ide, co-owner and farmer from Bright Ide Acres will share some tips and tricks on practical ways to market your farm business online and at markets. With six years of experience farming and a background in sales and marketing, she’ll teach you the basics of how to set your farm apart and capture more sales.

The Joy of Farming with Spreadsheets – Wednesday, December 12, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Regardless of what vegetable crop(s) you’re growing or on what acreage, it takes vision and a plan to move from seed to start to planting, harvest, and sales. It takes record-keeping and analysis to determine if a crop is worth your time to grow, or how you might make it worthwhile. Join us for an evening with Becky Zaneski as she brings The Joy of Farming with Spreadsheets to life. From season planning and field mapping to tracking labor costs and sales data, Becky’s common-sense approach helps you make sense of the data. Co-founder of City Grown Seattle, an urban market gardening business, she is a farmer with a strong software background and a passion for growing vegetables. She currently farms at Full Tilth Farm in Poulsbo, a 5-acre farm producing vegetables, berries, and eggs using organic practices...and spreadsheets!

Lease Literacy for Farmers & LandownersWednesday, December 19, 7:00pm-9:00pm

Farmland owners often wish to lease their land to someone willing to farm, while there are plenty of folks looking to start or grow a farm by leasing land. But how do you go about setting up an equitable lease? What do you need to look for and/or avoid? What makes a good lease contract? What factors lead to positive landlord-tenant relationships? Both landowners and renters have the same questions. This informal workshop is designed to help address some of the challenges landowners and tenants have related to developing and maintain good land lease arrangements. We’ll have a lawyer familiar with land leases on hand to explain the legal details and answer questions. In addition, much of the evening will be devoted to a panel of experts on the topic: farmers, landowners, and farm incubator managers willing to share their experiences regarding what works, what doesn’t, and how to create good lease relationships.

For more information, visit snohomish.wsu.edu/Grow-Your-Farm-1.

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