www.michaelfields.org. If you have any questions regarding the workshops, contact Andrea Clemens, Whole Farm Workshop Coordinator at 262-642-3303 ext. 100 or workshops@michaelfields.org    See you soon!

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January Whole Farm Workshops

Business Planning for Small Farms

January 9, 2016- 9 am to 12 pm

Instructor: Paul Dietmann, Emerging Market Specialist at Badgerland Financial

Cost: $30

A strong farm starts with a strong business plan. Knowing what you want to accomplish and knowing how to design the right business plan for your farm is the key to success.  Learn tips, receive guidance and ask for suggestions in this interactive workshop on business planning.

Paul Dietmann is Emerging Markets Specialist with Badgerland Financial, a member-owned rural lending cooperative and Farm Credit System institution serving southern Wisconsin.  Dietmann is the former Director of the Wisconsin Farm Center, which is the farmers’ assistance program in the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and in 2010, served as Wisconsin’s Deputy Secretary of Agriculture.  Over the course of his career, Dietmann has worked with scores of farm families, helping them develop and analyze their financial plans. He is co-author of the book Fearless Farm Finances: Farm Financial Management Demystified.

 

Flower Farming

January 23, 2016- 9 am to 12 pm

Instructors: Andrea Clemens, Lovelight Flowers and Emily Watson, Stems and Wood Violet MKE

Cost: $40

This workshop is designed to help new and beginning growers learn the ins and outs of producing and marketing cut flowers. Learn from experienced growers, Andrea Clemens and Emily Watson, about cut flower variety selection, seed starting, planting schedules, harvest and post-harvest handling and marketing. Andrea is the owner of Lovelight Flowers, a petite floral design studio and flower farm in East Troy. Emily is the owner of Stems Cut Flowers and Wood Violet MKE, a small flower farm in East Troy and design studio in Milwaukee. Together, Andrea and Emily will give you a good overview of their industry and how you too may become a successful flower farmer.

 

Whole Farm Management

January 30, 2016- 10 am to 2 pm

Instructor: Laura Paine, Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program Director

Cost: $60

No matter where you are in your farming career, a long term plan can help you organize your operation, steward your resources, and achieve your goals. This workshop will get you started on a Whole Farm Plan unique to your operation.

Laura Paine, the workshop presenter, has been involved in grazing and sustainable agriculture research, education and market development in Wisconsin for more than 20 years. She and her husband use Holistic Management to manage their grass fed beef farm near Columbus, Wisconsin.

 

To register for a workshop, please go to www.michaelfields.org. If you have any questions regarding the workshops, contact Andrea Clemens, Whole Farm Workshop Coordinator at 262-642-3303 ext. 100 or workshops@michaelfields.org    See you soon!