Care Farming Network hosted a 4-session series in September 2023. Each session focused on a specific topic that aspiring care farmers must consider as they begin their journey. The recorded sessions are available to view below, and each session includes a resource page with helpful information.
Want to Start a Care Farm: Where To Begin?
So you’re thinking about starting a care farm? Join us for a dive into the history and definition of care farming as we share various examples of care farms across the U.S. We’ll explore how to connect with other care farmers, focusing on setting a strategy and tapping into resources to craft your vision. Wed, 9/6, 6:30-7:15 pm ET.
Exploring Business Models: Nonprofit, For-Profit, or Partnership?
There are several ways a care farm can be structured. Understanding the various models- and their pros and cons- will help you identify which makes the most sense as you begin your care farming journey. We’ll highlight the models using existing care farms as examples. Wed, 9/13, 6:30-7:15 pm ET.
Facility and Land Options: What’s Right for You?
Whether you have land available for a care farm or are in the early stages of searching for land, this session will explore how to get you started. We’ll cover zoning and insurance issues, walk through how you develop a list of needs for your land and facilities, and provide resources to help you navigate the process. Wed, 9/20, 6:30-7:15 pm ET.
How Do I Fund A Care Farm?
A perennial question for all care farmers is “how do I raise money to launch and sustain a care farm?” We’ll share the importance of learning how to tell your story, walk through business plan development, and explore ways to access resources for both a nonprofit and for-profit entity. We’ll also share examples of successful fundraising strategies from care farms throughout our network! Wed, 9/27, 6:30-7:15 pm ET.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, through the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program under subaward number LNE23-467.
These events are free for members and are part of our commitment to support networking and improve practice for Care Farmers. A member of the CFN team will always be available to facilitate conversation and offer additional support.
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