Sunday, November 25, 2012

SSAWG Workshop: Growing Farm Profits

Do you need to know how to increase profits? Growing great crops is just not enough to make your farm economically sustainable. 

December 1-2, 2012, Mills River, North Carolina
January 23-24, 2013, Little Rock, Arkansas

This course will cover:
Managing for Profitability
Critical Decisions
Product Pricing
Records that Matter
Enterprise Evaluation
Actual Expense Tracking
True Cost Discovery
Market Channel Evaluation
Profitability Calculating
Real Farm Examples 
Useful Tools

Real-farm data will be used to demonstrate practical ways to improve profitability. Participants will take home farmer-friendly business tools for keeping records and making decisions that affect profitability.

Register Now! To learn more about and to register for the North Carolina training, contact Bridget Kennedy at (828) 236-1282,

To learn more about and to register for the Arkansas training, which is being held just before Southern SAWG annual conference. These risk management trainings are brought to you by Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group. Support is provided by the USDA Southern Risk Management Education Center.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Autumnal Lamb

This morning I walked out into the pasture and was surprised by the arrival of a new baby lamb to the flock at Ecotone! This is the first lamb from Red (AKA Red Ram from Riddy Road), and I must say she's beautiful! Several other ewes look like they may be near lambing too, and we'll post photos as they do.

Tennessee Local Food Summit

Come join local farmers, chefs, and community food activists at the 2nd Annual Tennessee Local Food Summit on November 30 and December 1 in Nashville! There will be a panel discussion and local foods dinner at the Sunflower Cafe on Friday night, and a barn dance at Green Door Gourmet after the workshops on Saturday. I'll be participating in the panel discussion, and will be around for most of the day on Saturday as well. Hope to see you there!