FarmStart’s Farm Viability Series – Starting This December

Do you know what’s making money on your farm? Are you thinking about trying a new marketing strategy or crop? Are you asking yourself if you can farm the way you want – and be financially viable?

FarmStart’s Farm Viability Series is a chance to dig deep into financial tools for evaluating and improving your current or future farm business. The series of 4 Webinars, in partnership with NORDIK Institute and AMI, explores financial literacy for ‘working less and making more money’, setting prices, managing debt and accessing land.



Webinar #1:  Mind Your Business! Financial Literacy and Effective Business Management for Farmers
Richard Wiswall – December 8th, 2015 – 12 noon-1:30pm EST
Registration closes Monday Nov 30th 2015 at midnight.

What does it mean to be “In Business”? Why should you keep records? Because Richard said so? No! To better manage your farm business so you can work less and make more money? Yes! Now that you are in the farming business, learn the language of business. Be a highly effective manager, learn the macro and micro tools of financials, and benefit from some quick tips for success. The webinar will cover financial statements and efficient office practices.

Mind Your Business! is a more advanced course that follows Richard’s Planning For Profit. In 2013 Farm Management Canada, the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario and the Central Ontario Agricultural Conference hosted Richard for a web presentation archived as an Agriwebinar. Richard has generously agreed to answer questions from the Planning for Profit Agriwebinar as well as Mind Your Business! during the question period on Dec 8th, so maximize your time with him by watching Planning for Profit in advance and taking lots of notes!


Webinar #2:  Get Ahead of Debt: The 5 Things Farmers Should Know When Preparing For Farm Debt
James Craig – January 7th, 2016 – 12 noon-1pm EST
Registration closes Dec 31st 2015 at midnight

Are you looking for your farm’s first loan? Or is your farm looking to expand and needs to take on more debt? With farms, the word “debt” can be intimidating. But it doesn’t need to be.

Join FarmStart as James Craig speaks on the 5 things farmers should understand when preparing for farm debt. Familiarize yourself with debt concepts, understand how lenders analyze loan applications, and learn some new tips to advance your farm business.


Webinar #3:  What It’s Worth: Pricing Produce for Profit
Chris Blanchard – January 19th, 2016 – 7-8:30pm EST

Being a sustainable farmer is more than the farming methods you use, it also means ensuring you can stay in business regardless of your marketing outlet.  Chris Blanchard will help you navigate pricing strategies to meet your customer needs and your farm’s bottom line.

This webinar is offered by the Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network (ACORN). If you are registering for this webinar ONLY, do so at ACORN’s website. If you are registering for the 4-part Farm Viability Webinar Series, access info for What It’s Worth will be provided as part of the Series through FarmStart.

For more webinars by Chris Blanchard, join ACORN’s Winter Webinar Series. Other topics include Capturing and Organizing Data and Marking Horticultural Crops to Food Stores. Winter learning galore!


Webinar #4:  Land Access Strategies
by Farmers – to be held in February – details coming soon



Single Webinar – $25 each

All 4 Webinars – $70

3-part course + 4 webinars = $250  (If you’re near Guelph or Chatham, ON)


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