My husband and I are all about education. We never get tired of learning. Last year we attend the first Piedmont Farm School, sponsored by our local agricultural extension agencies. For seven months we attended a monthly, evening business planning class and went on a monthly farm tour. The business planning classes were helpful in learning about laws, insurance, certifications, inspections, knowing cost and general resources. The farm tours were great because we got to see first-hand the different types of small farms in our area and learn from what established farmers are doing and also what they aren’t doing.
I was excited to be asked to attend one of the business planning classes and share what we do for marketing for our farm as well as the importance of good record keeping and knowing your costs.
I set up a table showing how we set up for the farmers’ markets we attend.
I am by no means an expert, but I hope that I was able to share some helpful information. All of us small farmers need to work together and encourage each other.