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Monday, March 23, 2009
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Exploring the Small Farm Dream

First class session of the Small Farm Dream course. 

With the explosion in numbers of farmers' markets throughout the nation over the past several years, there is an increasing need, and a wonderful business opportunity, for more farmers to help meet the rising consumer demands for fresh, local food. With this in mind the Countryside Conservancy proudly announces the seventh offering of Exploring the Small Farm Dream business short-course. The Spring '09 session will begin March 23rd, (and will meet every other Monday night through May 4th) from 6-9pm at the Boston Store in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Course Description In this four-session course you will set personal and farming goals, assess available resources, determine if farming as a business is right for you, and develop an action plan to guide next steps. Along the way you will take a close look at the realities of working for yourself, in particular what it will take to own and manage a successful agricultural venture.

Who Should Attend If you are thinking about starting an agricultural business, this course is designed for you. This includes people thinking about full-time farming, farming part-time while continuing other employment, changing careers to start a farm, taking over an existing family farm business, and/or developing an existing but informal agricultural pastime into a more serious business activity. Established farmers who are re-strategizing their businesses have also benefited from the course.

Lead Instructor Our course instructor is Janet Hahn, co-owner/operator of Hahn Family Farm, a 55 acre diversified organic farm in Garrettsville, Ohio. Over the past 14 years, Hahn Family Farm has been a producer of herbs, vegetables, grain, maple syrup, goat milk and meat, lamb, pork, and several value added products. In addition, Hahn Family Farm has operated a CSA, an on-farm market, and participated in off-site farmers' markets. Janet was an OEFFA organic certification inspector from 1993 to 1996. In 1992, following eight years as an engineer and training instructor for New York Telephone (in New York City and the Hudson Valley), Janet returned to Ohio to care for her sick mother ? and ponder a new career direction. Here she began exploring her own small farm dream ? one that led to development of Hahn Family Farm.

Fee $150 for one individual; $250 for two people working on the same business idea. Fee includes a workbook and additional handout materials.

Space in the class is limited ? and is available on a first come, first serve basis (And, FYI all past offerings of the class have sold out). For more information contact Stephanie Webb at 330.657.2542 or swebb@cvcountryside.org.

First class session of the Small Farm Dream course.  With the explosion in numbers of farmers' markets throughout the nation over the past several years, there is an increasing need, and a wonderful business opportunity, for more farmers to help meet the rising consumer demands for fresh, local food. With this in mind the Countryside Conservancy proudly announces the seventh offering of Exploring the Small Farm Dream business short-course. The Spring '09 session will begin March 23rd, (and will meet every other Monday night through May 4th) from 6-9pm at the Boston Store in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Course Description In this four-session course you will set personal and farming goals, assess available resources, determine if farming as a business is right for you, and develop an action plan to guide next steps. Along the way you will take a close look at the realities of working for yourself, in particular what it will take to own and manage a successful agricultural venture. Who Should Attend If you are thinking about starting an agricultural business, this course is designed for you. This includes people thinking about full-time farming, farming part-time while continuing other employment, changing careers to start a farm, taking over an existing family farm business, and/or developing an existing but informal agricultural pastime into a more serious business activity. Established farmers who are re-strategizing their businesses have also benefited from the course. Lead Instructor Our course instructor is Janet Hahn, co-owner/operator of Hahn Family Farm, a 55 acre diversified organic farm in Garrettsville, Ohio. Over the past 14 years, Hahn Family Farm has been a producer of herbs, vegetables, grain, maple syrup, goat milk and meat, lamb, pork, and several value added products. In addition, Hahn Family Farm has operated a CSA, an on-farm market, and participated in off-site farmers' markets. Janet was an OEFFA organic certification inspector from 1993 to 1996. In 1992, following eight years as an engineer and training instructor for New York Telephone (in New York City and the Hudson Valley), Janet returned to Ohio to care for her sick mother ? and ponder a new career direction. Here she began exploring her own small farm dream ? one that led to development of Hahn Family Farm. Fee $150 for one individual; $250 for two people working on the same business idea. Fee includes a workbook and additional handout materials. Space in the class is limited ? and is available on a first come, first serve basis (And, FYI all past offerings of the class have sold out). For more information contact Stephanie Webb at 330.657.2542 or swebb@cvcountryside.org.

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