Farming for Wholesale will pair business planning assistance with workshops for farmers who are interested in growing their wholesale markets. Depending on experience and business goals, farms can choose to register for track 101 or apply to participate in track 201.
Registration now open for 2016 The Business of Farming for Wholesale Program
Are you an experienced Maine farmer who wants make more money wholesaling your products?
The Business of Farming for Wholesale could help you get there! Choose from one of two “tracks”, depending on your experience level and farm business goals:
Farming for Wholesale 101
This track is for experienced farmers who want to start or expand their wholesale markets. Farmers enrolled in this track will attend 3 daylong workshops and receive 10-15 hours of technical assistance tailored to your farm.
When: Saturday, Feb. 6; Sunday Feb. 28; and Saturday, March 19
Where: A central Maine location TBD.
Cost: $500. Upon completion of all three sessions and your successful participation in technical assistance, farms will be awarded $1,000 in seed money. There is a net gain of $500 to your farm! Scholarships are available: please contact Alex for details.
Register by January 31, 2016!
For more information and registration, visit our website.
Farming for Wholesale 201
This track is for experienced farmers with existing wholesale accounts, who want to increase their wholesale operations. You will work with an experienced team of business, production, and marketing advisors over 12-24 months to:
Deepen your understanding of your farm’s production costs and financial records.
Evaluate possible scenarios for growing your business.
Write a business plan based on your most preferable scenario.
Pitch the business plan to a group of some of Maine’s prominent farm investors.
Upon completion of the 201 track, farms will be eligible to apply for a grant of up to $50,000 from Maine Farmland Trust to implement their business plan.
Farms attending the 201 track are welcome, but not required, to attend the workshops offered in the 101 series. Farming for wholesale 201 is a competitive application course. Applications are due by January 31, 2016.
More info is below and can be found here: http://www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/program-areas/farm-viability/wholesale-program/
FMI: Alex Fouliard