Sustainable agriculture experts at UGA are offering a two-day intensive workshop to help small growers make the most of the upcoming season and build their farms into strong, productive businesses.
The workshop, to be held March 23 and 24 in Athens, will offer the latest information on sustainable weed and pest control, but will focus heavily on business planning and marketing.
Growers will have access to UGA farm-business development experts and hear from experienced growers who have turned their farms into successful businesses. In addition, a grocery buyer from Whole Foods will be available to answer questions about how to market to the chain. Instructors also will lead growers through a cost-benefit analysis of whether they should pursue USDA Organic Certification.
The workshop will be held at UGArden and the surrounding greenhouse complex on South Milledge Avenue. Classes run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
Preregistration is required, and space is limited. The early registration deadline is March 8. The registration fee is $150 and includes all instructional materials, supplies, lunches and snacks during breaks. Registration details, complete agenda and list of speakers can be found at hort.uga.edu. To register after the deadline or for additional information, contact organizer George Boyhan, professor of horticulture in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, at 706-231-4137 or firstname.lastname@example.org.