Farm School registration opens for 2015 session

Registration for the 2015 session of the Sandhills Farm School is now open.

The school is a seven-month educational program for beginning and transitioning farmers with a strong commitment to operate successful, sustainable farms.

Farm_SchoolThe program will be broken down into two parts: classroom sessions and field days. Classroom sessions will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. every third Thursday of the month at the Rockingham extension office on Caroline Street. Field days will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every fourth Tuesday of the month.

The school offers seven business-planning sessions which will give farmers the tools to create a viable business plan for an economically sustainable farm enterprise. Participants will also attend seven field trips to working farms led by innovative, experienced farmers and agricultural professions.

Participants will learn: low-cost sustainable farming methods, business planning and development, financial management, effective marketing strategies and production techniques.

The cost is $250 per person or $400 per couple. Class sizes are limited. Deadline to register is Jan. 1, 2015. For more information, contact the Richmond County office of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension.

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