Of course, there are ample opportunities to learn as you go in farming, and I am certain that I will experience plenty of those learning opportunities! We are, however, fortunate to have access to many valuable farm and business educational resources in WNC, and I believe in utilizing those resources.
Recently I attended at “Getting Your Farm to Scale” workshop at Mountain BizWorks where Lee Mink of Leap Farm provided a variety of practical information about scale. I loved a quote he used to express his thoughts on the importance of farmers: “The world needs dreamers who do!”
The first weekend in December I attended a two day risk management training organized by ASAP: Growing Farm Profits. Now I have the tools to track and analyze our farm numbers and assess what is and isn’t profitable and make adjustments as we go along. Gary Bullen, NC State Extension Agriculture Economist presented and discussed farm management and Enterprise Budgets. Ellen Polishuk of Potomac Vegetable Farms presented the Veggie Compass a whole farm profit management tool. For those of you in the DC area, seek out Ellen at a variety of markets and stands in your area. She is passionate about farming and good food!