Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Market Gardening Workshop

Thinking About a Market Garden?

Attend First Steps in Starting a Market Garden Business
Saturday, January 31 to learn how.

The North Carolina Arboretum launches its 2009 adult education series with a new workshop on January 31, "First Steps in Starting a Market Garden Business," led by Peter Marks, director of the Local Food and Farm Campaign for the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP).

Participants will learn five important first steps every young or second-career farmer should consider before embarking on a market garden business.

"Many people dream of farming, but few succeed in building viable farm businesses that contribute to or provide their income," Marks said. "For anyone who has thought about growing food to earn part or all of their income, this workshop will take an honest look at what is involved to turn a dream into reality."

Topics during the two-hour workshop include marketing options, the regulatory environment, expectations for income and profit, basic farm business planning tools, and more.

Free but registration required. Space is limited. Call (828) 665-2492 x317 to register.
Saturday, January 31, 2009