2-Day Maricopa County Cooperative Extension Workshop - Turning Dreams into Reality: Starting a Farm in Arizona

Article by Mira Word, written for Good Food Finder. Tonia and Alvin harvesting beets

If you are curious about what it takes to become a successful farmer, the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension in Maricopa County is offering a two-day workshop for people interested in starting a farm in Arizona. The workshop will explore the realities, benefits and challenges of starting a new farming operation.

This workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to interact with local producers and lenders, visit three successful farms in the Phoenix area, and learn from experts about accessing land and capital, obtaining credit, writing solid business plans, insurance, equipment needs, marketing, food safety, irrigation, farm diversification, and organic certification.

It seems as though a new wave of conscientious farming practices is underway and this is a great chance to get involved in the action! If you are looking for an excuse to get out for a weekend of farm education or are serious about starting up your own farming operation check out the details below and confirm your spot! Registration is limited to 65 participants.

Dates: Tuesday May 21 – Wednesday May 22, 2013 Times: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm Location: Maricopa County Cooperative Extension Office 4341 E. Broadway Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85040. Cost: Online $113 or by mail $105. Continental breakfast, lunch and snacks included both days. To register or learn more, visit http://extension.arizona.edu/events/turning-dreams-reality-starting-farm-arizona. You can also call 602-827-8200 ext. 312 for more information.


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