Southern SAWG, with funding from Southern Risk Management Education Center (SRMEC), will conduct two intensive trainings this fall for small and medium-scale producers of horticultural crops. Titled “Growing Farm Profits,” one training will be held in Virginia on November 5, 2011 and the other in Georgia on December 3, 2011. Producers will receive training on how to price their products for appropriate markets, how to track expenses, and how to calculate profitability for their farm enterprises.
“For many of us, growing crops is our first love, selling is what we do to have a little money, and then we just hope to have enough profit to keep farming,” says project coordinator Jean Mills. “Fortunately, family farmers are beginning to recognize that they need to treat their farm operations like real businesses if they are to survive in today’s booming local foods market. They are seeking practical skills that they can use on their farms.”
Training participants will learn about farmer-friendly business tools to set up their own record-keeping and cost analysis systems. Instructors will use a farm case study during the training to demonstrate a real-life example of gathering farm data and using analytical tools to make financial decisions. Participants will learn how to take steps toward improving their marketing and business decisions. To find out more about these trainings, contact project coordinator Jean Mills.