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Classes offered on beginning a successful small farm

September 28, 2011
Westfield Republican
GOWANDA — Cornell University Cooperative Extension is offering training and resources to select an enterprise suited for success.

This introductory course designed for small, part-time or prospective farmers will be held on Tuesday evenings, Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25 at Healthy Community Alliance, 1 School Street in Gowanda from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

One of the topics to be covered is “Agriculture 101,” an introduction to agriculture within the region and an overview of agricultural terminology. Since the soil is the foundation of farming, the series continues with the “Basics of Soil and Plant Fertility.” “Basics of Farm Bookkeeping and Taxes” introduces participants to sample financial systems available for use and tax related farm issues. Selecting an enterprise without checking the farm resources or marketing opportunities can create a roadblock to success. The fourth class of the series is “Selecting an Enterprise and Marketing What You Produce.”

Enrollment will be limited; pre-registration is required by Sept. 29. There is a cost for this workshop. For more information or to pre-register, contact Ginny Carlberg at 664-9502 x202, Sharon Bachman at 652-5400 x150 or Lynn Bliven at 585-268-7644 x18.

An additional session will be available to the public and to the participants of the Beginning Farmer Course entitled “Pasture Management” and “Hay Quality Evaluation” held on Nov. 1 covering the opportunities for forage based enterprises in Western New York. There is a cost for this class. For more information or to pre-register for these two sessions, please contact Lynn Bliven at 585-268-7644 x18.


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