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Farms of all production sizes face challenges in coordinating the needed labor to get their crops in and out of the field. Join us for a half-day workshop to hear from area farmers and agricultural professionals about the pros and cons of different labor models, strategies for connecting with and sustaining reliable labor, and regulatory issues to consider.

Led by: Craig Mauney of NC Cooperative Extension, William Shelton of Shelton Family Farm, Martha Calderon of Calderon Produce, and more.
Friday, February 23, 9 am-1 pm
Location: Buncombe or Henderson County, NC – location TBA soon

Registration is $20 per person and includes lunch. Register online or call 828-236-1282 to register over the phone. 

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Join Mountain BizWorks, FSA, and Tumbing Shoals Farm for a lunchtime Farm Recordkeeping Webinar.

Where does your money go? Every farm and business needs accurate record keeping to be able to keep up with tax requirements and serve as a guide for planning. This workshop is an overview to the world of record keeping, bookkeeping and accounting for farm business owners designed to demystify the subject and serve as a guide to getting started or improving the systems you have in place. Included will be examples of record keeping practices and strategies in place by Jason Roehrig of Tumbling Shoals Farm that they use to gather important information about profitability of crops and enterprises.

There is no cost to participate in this webinar. Register online or contact Kimberly Hunter at kimberly@nullmountainbizworks.org with questions. 

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Planning for Success Webinar Series: 

Part A: Farm Business Financials (February 6, 11-12 pm)

Part A: Financial success in business rarely comes by accident, this session focuses on introducing basic business financial planning and analysis techniques that are vital in creating profitability for farming enterprises.  We will look at topics such determining your cost structure, evaluating revenue streams and creating break-even analysis. Part A is a general overview of farm business financial management principles and practice.

Register for Part A: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/67c00f8169a6bcf166858a512be5123a

Part B: Farm Business Financials (February 6, 12-1 pm)

Part B: Financial success in business rarely comes by accident, this session focuses on introducing basic business financial planning and analysis techniques that are vital in creating profitability for farming enterprises.  We will look at topics such as determining your cost structure, evaluating revenue streams and creating break-even analysis. Part B will look at specific examples of methods in place at Tumbling Shoals Farms to glean important financial information such as sales by product classes.

Register for Part B: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/0516999f0cec76ecd746f627e8486654

There is no cost to participate in these webinars. Contact Kimberly Hunter at kimberly@nullmountainbizworks.org with questions. 

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Western NC Cooperative Extension Agents will be presenting a hands-on Intensive Vegetable Disease Workshop addressing major disease issues for commercial vegetable crops in our area.

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Throughout the year in many different state-wide locations, ASAP and  RAFI-USA (Rural Advancement Foundation International) will facilitate “Making the Most of your Market” workshops. These workshops are a part of a new initiative, Connect2Direct, created by partners ASAP and RAFI-USA in order to support the development of farmers tailgate markets in North Carolina. Lauren Hoffman, a communications intern for ASAP, wrote this first-hand account of a workshop held in West Jefferson, NC.

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