Looking to add additional income to your farm business while preserving high country heritage?
Join local farmer and entrepreneur, Holly Whitesides, as she discusses general and specific parameters when considering seed saving as a farm enterprise (including crop planting, equipment and labor).
Holly has been farming in the High Country for over five years and began saving seed for catalogs in 2011 thanks in part to the Mary Boyer Sustainable Agriculture and Food Grant* she received from Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture. The grant enabled her farm to pursue seed saving as a viable farm enterprise through the purchase of equipment and infrastructure. In 2012, revenue from seed contracts totaled 15% of gross revenue.
* BRWIA is able to offer this grant program thanks to the generous support of the Appalachian Women's Fund.
Workshop offered in addition to the six week Agripreneur Workshop Series beginning Jan 10th on Thursdays from 6:30-8:30. More information about Agripreneur series found here.
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