This two-day workshop explores the realities, benefits and challenges of starting a new farming operation in Arizona. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to:
Interact with local producers and lenders.
Visit local farms and farmers market.
Learn from experts in the field about:
Accessing land and capital
Obtaining credit and writing solid business plans
Insurance: what you need and where to get it
Equipment needs for the small farmer
Marketing: CSA, farmers markets, restaurants, grocery stores
The overlooked but crucial role of food safety from farm to market
What method of irrigation should you use?
The value and challenges of having a diversified farm
How to organically certify your farm.