Most people get into farming because they love growing food, spending time outside, and the personal connections that come from feeding friends, neighbors, and community members — not because they love finances, paperwork and being behind a desk for hours.
But any successful farmer will tell you that a savvy business plan is just as important as a green thumb when it comes to having a profitable farming operation.
Which is why we’re excited to announce this next installment of our workshop series: Making Money on Your Farm: Management practices and marketing strategies to maximize your profits and keep your sanity for the long haul.
The class will be taught by Ellen Polishuk, who has been a farm manager at Potomac Vegetable Farms in Loudoun County since 1992. Ellen is a well-known speaker at farming conferences throughout the country. She will draw on her real-farm experiences for a discussion on the importance of labor and time management, record keeping strategies to maximize profits, determining your market niche based on temperament, and being aware of the value of the intangibles you are “selling” as a producer of healthy, local food.
If time allows, she also loves to talk about making compost on a large scale, and her favorite tractors and implements!