Get started farming with community supported agriculture webinar series

To start a CSA it is important that the business side be “buttoned-down” before planting begins to ensure both a sustainable business venture and a sustainable farm venture.

Beginning farmers, and people who are thinking of beginning a farm, start out with many questions about where to start or how to expand, what kind of records should they keep and how to market what is grown. Michigan State University Extension 2014 Beginning Farmers Webinar Series: Getting started with a community supported agriculture (CSA) farm will provide answers during a series of convenient, online learning opportunities in a variety of topics for the beginner.

The USDA defines community supported agriculture this way: “A CSA consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes, either legally or vicariously, the community’s farm.” Some considerations before you start your CSA business: the decision to do so and how it would affect your family, strategic planning, doing a SWOT analysis and updating or writing a business plan. Then consider how good you are at marketing (someone has to sell those shares) and how good you are at growing large amounts of many kinds of vegetables. Decisions should be made about the above before you plant the first seed for the season.

Join us on March 3, 2014 to get an in-depth look at some steps necessary for any beginning farmer and experienced ones in the basics of starting a CSA. Each program begins at 7:00 p.m. eastern time and will last 2 hours. Each webinar is a separate program with registration available at MSU Extension Events website at http://msue.anr.msu.edu/events. There is a $10 fee per webinar, and a high-speed internet connection is required. You will receive the URL for each program when you register.

Topic

Date

Getting started with soil improvement on your farm

Monday, January 20, 2014

Getting started with selling to restaurants

Monday, January 27, 2014

Getting started with organic vegetable pest control

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Getting started with selling to schools and hospitals

Monday, February 10, 2014

Getting started with selling at farmers markets

Wednesday, February 19, 2014         

Getting started with hops

Monday, February 24, 2014  

Getting started with CSA (community supported agriculture)

Monday, March 3, 2014

Getting started with organic field crops

Wednesday, March 12

Getting started with expanded vegetable production

Wednesday, March 19

Getting started with basic business records

Monday, March 24

Getting started with Hoophouses

date to be announced

 

Contact Beth Clawson for more information about this program. For more information about community food systems and food hubs contact Michigan State University Extension Community Food System educators who are working across Michigan to provide community food systems educational programming and assistance. 

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