EmPOWERing Mountain Food Systems hosts farm business workshops

Press release:

“How to Make More Money on the Farm” is a workshop series focused on increasing farm income through developing better business skills and by utilizing the resources of the EmPOWERing Mountain Food Systems Project (EMFS) and the Small Business Centers at Southwestern, Tri-County, and Haywood Community Colleges. Participants will learn a variety of skills, from value-added production practices and regulations to niche vegetable production and social media strategies. Instructors include experts from NC Cooperative Extension and other regional agricultural agencies. Participants will also be given information about grant and loan packages through EMFS.

There are three upcoming events in WNC:

How to Make More Money on the Farm

Tri-County Small Business Center Event: January 16, 2020 | 1-4 pm.

Register at: https://cefs.ncsu.edu/event/how-to-make-more-money-on-the-farm/

How to Make More Money on the Farm

Haywood Community College- Regional Technology Center: January 30, 2020 | 1-4 pm.

Register at: https://cefs.ncsu.edu/event/how-to-make-more-money-on-the-farm-2/

How to Make Money on the Farm

Southwestern Community College: February 1, 2020 | 11 am-2pm.

Register at: https://cefs.ncsu.edu/event/how-to-make-money-on-the-farm/

The EmPOWERing Mountain Food Systems (EMFS) project serves the seven counties of Western North Carolina, leveraging regional collaboration to enhance the local food economy. The program, funded by North Carolina State University, the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Cherokee Preservation Foundation, brings together producers, food businesses, schools, Cooperative Extension, and regional partners to increase business opportunities that support the expansion of the food supply chain in the southwestern counties of Jackson, Macon, Haywood, Swain, Cherokee, Clay, and Graham, and on the Qualla Boundary.

The initiative is focusing on several priority areas over the next three years, including promoting job creation and infrastructure development, providing business development and training, and growing local food entrepreneurs and community leadership. For more information, please contact Laura Lauffer, EMFS Project Director, at lwlauffe@ncsu.edu or 828-359-6926.

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