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 Pennsylvania Farm Link, SRU Schedule Starting a Farm Workshop 

 

SPOTLIGHT

Feb 14, 2006

Contact: Gordon Ovenshine: 724-738-4854

PENNSYLVANIAFARM LINK AND SLIPPERY ROCK UNIVERSITY

SCHEDULE MARCH 11 WORKSHOP ON STARTING A FARM

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa.  – Slippery Rock University and the nonprofit Pennsylvania Farm Link will host the “New and Beginning Farming Workshop” March 11 to provide aspiring farmers with advice on crops, the business management and marketing aspect of starting a farm.

The workshop, at SRU’s University Union, emphasizes that start-ups are not dependent on a person’s age, former occupation or size of land, according to the Farm Link Web site.  A resource fair will also enable participants to obtain information about loans.

The workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Room 207, sponsored by Farm Link and SRU’s Robert A.Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research.  SRU graduate students helped organized the conference.

Cost is $30 per person, $50 for a couple and $25 for students with ID.  Call the Pennsylvania Farm Link at 717-664-7077 or email pafarmlink@dejazzd.com.

           The workshop will include farmers discussing strategies they used to get started, working on farms, leasing land and locating a suitable plot for purchase.  They will also provide tips on starting a farmer’s market or roadside stand.

           The Macoskey Center promotes environmental awareness through education, demonstration, and continued support of academic research. Pennsylvania Farm Link works to “create farming opportunities for the next generation,” its Web site reports. 

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