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614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA
Phone: 360.337.4598


Date: January 2, 2010
Contact: Arno Bergstrom
Phone: 360-337-7225
No: 2010-00

Growing the Future: Farm Business Planning Course Helps farmers Develop Roadmap for Success

(Port Orchard)   Farming can be a wonderful lifestyle, but achieving financial success requires a view of farming first and foremost as a business. Beginning farmers must look at their farm as a new business with all the careful planning that entails, while existing operations must carefully evaluate how diversification or expansion might impact land, labor, capital, and management resources.

WSU Kitsap County Extension will offer a 12-week "Cultivating Success: Agricultural Entrepreneurship and Farm Business Planning" course to help new and existing farmers gain skills in business planning and direct marketing. In addition, the course will have a special emphasis on the financial and legal issues unique to farm-based businesses. The course runs on Wednesday evenings January 13, 2010 through March 31, 2010 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at WSU Kitsap County Extension's Classroom - Room 406 of the Norm Dicks Government Center, 345 6th Street Bremerton, WA 98337

This in-depth business planning course covers evaluating resources, planning and research, legal and management issues, marketing strategies, budgets and profit/loss statements along with how to cultivate financial resources. During the course, participants will develop a business plan they can literally take to the bank to finance a new enterprise or expand an existing farm-based business.

Course instructors are Jerry Darnall, local Kitsap County farmer and Diane Fish a farmer and WSU graduate in animal science. Darnall and Fish recently taught with WSU Kitsap County Extension's "Sustainable Small Farming and Ranching" course.

The course features an online ag business tutorial and a full line-up of local guest speakers including bankers, business professionals, and successful farm owners. In addition, there will be one Saturday field trip to learn how other thriving farms are turning business plans into profitable reality.

Class size is limited to 20 farms and pre-registration is required. Cost for the twelve-week course is $225; register now to hold your spot. To register, contact Arno Bergstrom, Director of WSU Kitsap County Extension at (360) 337-7225, email, or download the form at: and mail with your check.

For more information on the course, contact Arno Bergstrom, (360) 337-7225,


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