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Is Entrepreneurial Farming for You?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 27, 2013

URBANA, Ill. - As the demand for sustainable, locally-grown food continues to rise, farmers are working to meet the demand through the creation of small-scale entrepreneurial farm businesses, said a University of Illinois Extension local food systems and small farm educator.

To facilitate these new farm businesses and address the needs of a new generation of aspiring entrepreneurial farmers, the U of I Extension will host "Is Entrepreneurial Farming for You?" on Thursday, Dec. 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Extension Cook County office at 2205 Enterprise Dr., Suite 501, Westchester, IL.

"This program is designed to help people who are considering starting a farm and to explore ideas they should think through before starting and managing a farm-based business," said Ellen Phillips.

Workshop participants will have the opportunity to meet experienced farmers and to ask questions about different successful farm enterprises.

Topics covered will include resource assessment, goal setting, financial planning, and marketing options.

Cost for this program is $5 per person and includes handouts. Pre-registration is required by Wednesday, Dec. 4. For more information or to register please call 708-449-4320 or go to http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cook/.


Source: Ellen Phillips, Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms, ephillps@illinois.edu

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