Alaska Growers School:

With a Focus on Risk Management

We are excited to announce the next Alaska Growers School will be held in the Fall of 2014! A total of 12 lessons will be offered by webinar and teleconference on Wednesday nights starting at 5:30 pm. The first class will be September 24th, 2014 and the final class will be December 17, 2014.

Whether you are dreaming of growing enough food for yourself and others, establishing a profitable farm, or already are an experienced farmer, the Alaska Growers School is here to provide the education you need to reach your goals, wherever you live in Alaska.

A desire and passion to grow food for subsistence or profit is an essential starting point. This class will provide the nuts and bolts of getting started in whole farm planning, growing vegetables, berries, & fruit, raising poultry, and livestock, and bees. In addition to providing the nuts and bolts of these topics, this class will also provide a special emphasis on financial, production, and marketing risk. Being able to understand and manage the risk of starting or expanding farms in Alaska is a valuable planning and decision making tool and will help you go into a new agriculture venture with your eyes wide open!

In the Fall 2014 Alaska Growers School, you will:

  • Learn about important considerations when starting a subsistence garden, farm, or ranch.
  • Learn about whole farm planning, marketing and financing.
  • Establish your vision, goals, values, and strengths.
  • Assess your resources, skills, and motivations for farming.
  • Write a whole farm business plan and take action.
  • Understand and learn how to manage the risks of starting or expanding a farm in remote Alaska.
  • Learn about other training opportunities, technical assistance, and resources.
  • Connect and learn with other growers from all over Alaska.

Please contact us for any questions. More information will be posted here soon including information about registration and tuition waivers. Tuition waivers are available and easy to apply for! Waivers will be awarded based on financial need and those who belong to a socially disadvantaged group (as defined by USDA), for example, Alaska Natives are considered a socially disadvantaged group by USDA.

This material is based upon work supported by USDA/NIFA under Award Number 2012-49200-20030.

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