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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: 1-14-08
CONTACT: ARNO BERGSTROM
PHONE: 360-337-7225

Sustainable Farming Business Course is being offered in Bainbridge Island and Port Orchard, WA. 

Starting February 6th in Port Orchard and February 7th in Bainbridge Island, WSU Kitsap County Extension will be offering its popular course on starting and sustaining a profitable small farm or agricultural enterprise. Area farmers and community members are invited to sign up for this intensive, hands-on learning opportunity.  The course features a full line-up of local guest speakers: bankers, accountants, attorneys, and successful farm owners.  

Participants will gain skills in business planning, direct marketing and record-keeping. They’ll also receive information on federal and state programs targeted to the needs of small producers, including resources to improve risk management and conservation practices. 

The course is designed for both beginning farmers as well as current growers who are looking to take their farm in a new direction. The course is offered by the Cultivating Success Program, a collaboration of WSU's Small Farms Program, the University of Idaho and the non-profit organization Rural Roots.  Guest lecturers for the courses are regional growers who are models of sustainable agriculture in their farming and marketing practices. 

Students will complete the course having developed a business plan they can take to the bank to finance their new enterprise or use as a roadmap for their farm business. 

The cost of the course is only $225 including materials. The cost to community members has been reduced due to a Risk Management Agency grant.  Continuing Education Units are available and college credits are available at a higher cost.

The course will be held Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 9:00 pm at the Bob Oke Community Center at Long Lake County Park, Campus and on Thursday evening from 6:30 to 9:00 pm at the Bainbridge Island Winery on East Day Bainbridge Island, WA.

 To sign up for the course contact Arno Bergstrom at 360-337-7225 or awbergstrom@wsu.edu.

For information and to register visit http://kitsap.wsu.edu/ag/sustainable_farming.htm.

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