ONEONTA, N.Y. — The Center for Agricultural Development & Entrepreneurship (CADE) and SUNY Cobleskill are excited to announce a new 2017-2018 workshop schedule for farmers as part of our Farm and Food Business Incubator (FFBI) program. The Incubator provides business training and value-added product development facilities for new and developing farm and food entrepreneurs.
Farmers looking to start, expand, or diversity their farm, or to increase farm profit, products or markets, are encouraged to register and participate in a series of free workshops offered by the Incubator program.
“The FFBI is a useful place for analyzing your farm business in order to improve farm income, access new markets, and get a business plan in place to get a grant or a loan for your farm project. The demand for New York State food continues to grow, as do the methods for accessing both local and New York City markets,” says Rebecca Morgan, Executive Director of CADE.
The workshops kick off with “So You Want to Farm,” an on-farm overview of pork, poultry and beef enterprises, to be held on October 2nd at Stone and Thistle Farm (East Meredith, NY) and Slope Farms (Meridale, NY).
Other scheduled workshops include the popular 3-part Business Plan, Financial Plan, and Marketing Plan series. The “Producing for the Hub” workshop will connect farmers to NYC markets such as farm-to-table restaurants, specialty shops, and small batch city-based processors.
All workshops are free for participants. A partnership project between CADE and SUNY Cobleskill, the Farm and Food Business Incubator is funded by Empire State Development, a NYS economic development grantor. The Incubator received initial funding in 2016, and over 300 people have attended the workshops to date.
The full Incubator schedule can be viewed on CADE’s website at www.cadefarms.org with times and locations still being updated. You may also contact CADE for more information by calling 607-433-2545 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
–Center for Agricultural Development & Entrepreneurship
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