Continuing Education & Workforce Development


Register for - Sustainable Vegetable Production and Business Planning

Event: Sustainable Vegetable Production and Business Planning
Location: Randolph Center Campus / Langevin House
Time: Mar 31, 2014 9:00am - Apr 04, 2014 4:00pm
Cost: $635.00
Price using tuition remission: $547.50
Description: This five day course will study Farm Business Planning, Crop Planning and Production, Financial Record Keeping and Analysis, Marketing and Soil Health and Fertility using organic methods. Students will take a holistic view of business development and farm profitability. We will examine effective crop planning methods keeping in mind efficiencies and productivity. Students will compare direct and wholesale markets and learn elements of successful marketing plans. We will look at the preventive value in maintaining healthy soil by utilizing cover crops, performing and interpreting soil tests, calculating sidedressing rates and weed control methods. Best practices for organic production will include consideration of appropriate tools, pest and disease treatments and pre/post handling methods. Students will be introduced to effective record keeping methods for advanced profitability analysis.

Course cost includes Instruction, Field Trips, Meals & Certificate of Completion

Instructor: Mimi Arnstein
In 2003, Mimi Arnstein founded Wellspring Farm, a 5-acre
certified organic, diversified vegetable farm serving 160 farm share members & wholesale accounts in central Vermont. Since then she has gone on to provide business consulting assistance to farms, mentored beginner farmers, and has presented to the Vermont legislature, governmental organizations, trade associations, business development programs, and university classes. Mimi teaches from the personal trials and tribulations of starting and managing a small scale farm. She has extensive expertise in greenhouse & field production, business planning, soil management, small scale mechanization, record keeping, marketing & media relations, employee management, and alternative land leases.

Questions? Please contact Melissa Neilson, Student Resource Advisor, at mneilson@vtc.edu or 1-800-442-8821 extension 1677; or Molly Willard, Agriculture Training & Market Garden Manager at mwillard2@vtc.edu or 802-535-5315.
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