Monday, January 27, 2014

Annie's Project Greenhouse Management Class

I'm currently taking a lecture series offered by Rutgers University as part of Annie's Project, a project to educate women in farming (it's open to guys too).  It's once a week in person for 3 hours (including a free dinner), and a 1-hour weekly webinar.  This years 6-week class is focused on greenhouse management, including creating a business plan, plant choice, pest control, etc.  The class is a great opportunity to network with other local growers and enthusiasts.  There are people in the class who have greenhouse facilities that they don't know how to take care of, others who don't have any property, but have a lot of knowledge or interest in farming, and others who are very experienced and already have a farm business.  I've already met other doing urban farming, and aquaponic farming.  Some of the cool things I've learned about from just the first class are AgPlan (a free Agricultural Business plan tool from the University of Minnesota), and performing SWOT analysis to consider your strengths and weaknesses.  This is a national organization, so check out Annie's Project to see if they offer a program near you!

Here's a link to some archived class footage.

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