Grower Workshops This Weekend!

THIS WEEKEND, Saturday November 17th and Sunday November 18th, Sustainable Nantucket will be holding a series of FREE workshops for our agricultural community, hosted in the Hayloft at Bartlett’s Farm. Guest speakers will discuss grant opportunities, farm financing solutions, & when it makes sense to share equipment & infrastructure. New or established, small or large, these workshops will provide tangible information for all farm operations on-island. With grant support from MDAR and USDA, workshops are free for Nantucket residents. To ensure a seat, it is recommended that you reserve a spot by contacting rachael@sustainablenantucket.org. See below for a complete listing of times and topics. Refreshments will be provided.

Sustainable Nantucket Grower Workshops
Saturday November 17th & Sunday November 18th, 2012
Bartlett’s Farm Hayloft

Saturday November 17th

12-1:30 ~ Developing Shared-Use Equipment and Infrastructure From simply sharing a plow and harrow on up to shared Mobile Poultry Processing Units, there are many opportunities for equipment sharing to benefit small farmers. This talk will detail possibilities, pitfalls and lessons learned from a recent study of the feasibility of equipment sharing in Rhode Island and South Eastern Massachusetts and Connecticut. Becca Buckler of the Rhode Island Association of Conservation

2-4 ~ Agricultural Grants: State & Federal Opportunities MDAR Grant Specialists Gerald Palano and Laura Maul will provide an overview of state and federal grant opportunities available for new and existing farmers followed by one-on-one breakout sessions with growers (limited space for breakout sessions, please contact Rachael@sustainablenantucket.org to sign up).

Sunday November 18th

9:00 – 1 ~ Assessing Farm Profitability: Enterprise and Cash Flow Budgeting Participants will interactively engage with enterprise and cash flow budgeting exercises appropriate for beginning and establishing farmers. Case study budgets will be used to illustrate methods of financial planning useful for managerial decision making and enhancing profitability. Benneth Phelps of the Carrot Project, a non-profit organization based in Somerville, MA that is dedicated to creating small-farm financing solutions. (A break will be provided)