MDAR's TILLING THE SOIL OF OPPORTUNITY BUSINESS PLANNING course still has space for farmers in the upcoming Fall class at Fidelity Bank in Leominster from 5:30pm to 8:30pm on the following dates: Tues 10/17, Wed 10/25, Wed 11/01, Wed 11/08, Wed 11/15, Tues 11/21; Wed 11/29, Wed 12/06, Wed 12/13, and Wed 12/20/2017. This 10-week course is for owners/managers of established income-generating farms, to help develop a business plan and improve decision making on the farm. The experienced course instructor guides participants through the creation of a full business plan, visits each participant’s farm during the course, and provides individualized assistance and confidential one-on-one financial planning. The course draws on peer experience, instructor knowledge and guest speakers on topics such as taxes, legal issues and marketing. Cost is $200 per enterprise. Applications due by Oct 6.
For more information or to access an application for either course, go to the MDAR’s Agricultural Business Training Program site www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/agr/land-use/agricultural-business-training-program-abtp.html or contact Melissa Adams at 413-548-1904.