Business of Farming Northeast North Carolina
Every Wednesday Starting February 17, 2021 - 6-8pm

The Business of Farming series in Northeast North Carolina is for 10 weeks, held virtually, and complimentary.  In this course, farmers will learn how to build the perfect business plan to move their farm and small agribusiness forward. 
A Certificate of Completion presented to participants at conclusion. Hosted by Edgecombe Community College.
SPACE IS LIMITED. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. 

Check out more details about the Series below!

Series Curriculum

Every course has a certificate of completion and those that attend at least 4 in the series will receive an additional certification and have access to other business development support opportunities.

Click HERE to register, week by week:

Week 1 – Legal Structures and Business Framework

Kick start or expand your farm business by finding which business structure works best for your goals. Learn the fundamentals of the business operations and how they work. Learn to think outside of the box on which business entity might be best for you.

Week 2 – Site Analysis & Exploring Your Potential

Explore how you can learn your farms’ potential through analysis of all land and equipment so you can explore and move your business to its full potential. You will learn to think strategically in making decisions that will enhance your capacity.

Week 3 – Understanding Your Market and Customers

Learn how to find your niche, business concept and opportunity. Explore how you can fine tune your value proposition and begin to explore which customers are best for your business. Learn how to find the right customer for you and keep them.

Week 4 – Financial Planning for Your Business

You will learn how to understand your business financials so that you can make smart and strategic decisions that will make you profitable. You will explore all areas of business finance so that you are confident in your decision making as you move your

Week 5 – Maximizing Your Profits and “Belt-Tightening”

Have you ever wondered if you are fully maximizing your profits? You will learn how to analyze decisions based on data and opportunities within the market so that you can reduce costs, expand profits, and grow a successful business.

Week 6 – Business Operations & HR 

Learn how to ensure your business operations are designed for success. Hiring the right people for the task at hand is critical for any small business and you will learn the tips on how to find and grow the talent your business will rely on. 

Week 7- Market Garden Design, Barn Storage, Tractors & Equipment for Entrepreneurs

This two-hour session will cover site selection along with the required facilities & infrastructure to grow a market garden, including an overview of the necessary equipment. The session will also provide an overview of insect and disease control. Specific emphasis will be placed on determining the most appropriate variety selection. Also covered will be issues related to production systems. Finally, the session will provide an overview of typical start-up costs, post-harvest handling options as well as how to market your product.

Week 8- The Business of Pasture Raised Chickens

This two-hour session will cover site selection along with the required facilities & infrastructure to raise pasture poultry. The session will also provide an overview of the necessary production systems to ensure success in raising your poultry. Specific emphasis will be placed on determining the most appropriate breed selection. Also covered will be basic animal care/husbandry issues. Finally, the session will provide an overview of typical start-up costs, processing options as well as how to market your product.

Week 9-Entrepreneurial Introduction to Canning & Preserving Your Farm to Table Favorites

This 2-hour session will showcase traditional techniques for canning and preserving your favorite recipes. Topics in the training include how to get started in Canning, Freezing Farm Fresh Foods, Canning Jellies, Pickles, Chutney, Fruits, Veggies, Cider and more! You will learn the benefits and opportunities for canning products as well as how to market them to customers.

Week 10 – Beekeeping & Honey Production for Entrepreneurs

This 2-hour session will cover site selection along with the required facilities & infrastructure to support beekeeping and honey production. Topics in the training include raising honeybees, beekeepers clothing and tools, setting up a hive, feeding the bees, the smoker and hive inspection. The class will also explore honey production and storage. Finally, the session will provide an overview of typical start-up costs, processing options as well as how to market your product.

Weekly Facebook Live: Lunch with Roxanne, Instructor

We invite you to join us on Facebook with the Business of Farming course instructor and facilitator, Roxanne Bailey-Reed. She will answer all your questions regarding the Business of Farming program and even give you tips on how to succeed as a farmer and grow your business.

To enroll, please click here to register.

For more information or for help with registering, please contact Roxanne Bailey Reed at (910) 340-0364 or roxanne@granittraininggroup.com.