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Farmers for Chicago Workshop Series
Iron St. Farm
Chicago, IL
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Whether you are ready to start your own farm business or just want to get your hands dirty, learn the ins and outs of farming with our spring workshop series.

Project Planning
February 8, 2014
Go through a visioning process to get your dreams out of your head and on to paper. Erika Allen, a trained art therapist, will walk you through making your dreams a reality. You will walk away from the process with a detailed mind and relationship map, and a tool-kit to get your ideas off the ground. We will also focus on fine tuning business plans and developing viable farm plans for the first year of farming, including crop plans and production goals.

Sell Sell Sell Marketing Your Farm
March 1, 2014
We will develop market strategies and look at market opportunities from restaurant sales to local farmers markets. Participants will learn about retail and direct sales and learn how to set up a farmers market.

Greens: Good for your Health and Wallet; Farm Financing
March 8, 2014
Learn how to manage your cash flow and set up budgeting and record keeping. We will discuss invoicing, micro-loans, grant writing and reporting.

Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Training
April 5, 2014
Learn about the certification required by institutional buyers for wholesale purchasing. Participants will gain an understanding of all the components necessary to create a food safety plan for your farm. We will also demonstrate safe harvesting and post-harvest handling, modeling good sanitation practices. We will tour Iron St. Farm and discuss best practices for GAP farm management.

Dismantling Racism in the Food System
April 10-12,2013
This training is designed to build a community of leaders who are enabled to take action and provide intensive training and dialogue that facilitates anti-racism. Our hope is that leaders take food justice actions to your own programs and neighborhoods.

What's the Buzz about Bees? Beekeeping 101
April 19, 2013
Learn the basics of bee keeping and how to install a hive at your home or farm. We will demonstrate how to install a hive, basic maintenance and introduce equipment necessary to keep your hive healthy!

Compost: That's Hot! Compost and Vermicompost 101
May 3, 2014
Learn about composting in the city. This workshop will teach you not only how to compost using worms, and anaerobic and aerobic composting, but also the current city regulations regarding composting in Chicago.

Hoop House Construction at Black Oaks Farms
May 10, 2013
We will spend the day at Black Oaks Farms building a hoop-house and building beds to jump start the season.
This workshop will be $150/person-scholarships are avaliable
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Iron St. Farm (View)
3333 S. Iron St.
Chicago, IL 60608
United States

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