Sustainable Small Acre Farming. I'm Greg Martin with today's Line On Agriculture.
Farming and ranching is something most of us consider a full time...all or nothing kind of lifestyle. But there are many opportunities to be able to do that as more of a hobby or part time job. Vicki Contini with Franklin County Extension in Pasco, Washington talks about their new classes.
CONTINI: The Small Acreage Farming & Ranching Overview class is going to take place beginning October 28 this year. The purpose of this overview course is to share with people who have hobby farms or are looking at starting up a small agricultural business. An opportunity to take a look at what they're doing or what they're thinking of doing and seeing if it is something that is going to be successful as a small business.
My wife just loves raising herbs and has even discussed raising them as a business. Contini says that's where this class comes in.
CONTINI: Some of us are lucky enough to be able to go one step further and take that hobby, whatever it is and actually make a little money doing it. And that's just an awesome thing to be able to do. The problem comes in when you haven't had the opportunity to explore some of the resources that you have available to ensure that it's a success.
Classes will take place every Thursday evening beginning October 28 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm and run through February 10. Cost for the class is $175.
CONTINI: We want to help those that are trying to start up a small agricultural business to be successful and so for the 13 weeks that this course takes place we're going to touch a different topic every week to try and give you as much information as we can to help you have some of the resources and information necessary to be a success and not lose your retirement fund or your life savings.
Contini says courses like this under the heading of "Cultivating Success" are available in many locations across the northwest.
That's today's Line On Agriculture. I'm Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network.