Farm workshop series starts Jan. 8

December 10, 2013 

The Orange County Cooperative Extension invites residents who are interested in farming to attend the seventh annual PLANT (People Learning Agriculture Now for Tomorrow) at Breeze Farm workshop series.

The workshop sessions will take place at the Orange County Cooperative Extension Office, 306-E Revere Road, in Hillsborough, on Wednesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan 8 through Feb. 26.

The Triangle area has a vibrant food scene filled with farmers’ markets, locally owned restaurants and other food venues that have been attracting young people in the area and from around the country who want to start farm businesses in the area.

The workshop series consists of eight 3-hour classes taught by local, experienced direct market farmers, as well as extension specialists and field faculty. Marketing, business plans and record keeping will be emphasized along with production topics. The program also provides acreage for lease to people who want to farm, but don’t own land. A business plan must be accepted by program administrators in order to qualify.

Minorities are encouraged to attend. PowerPoint presentations will be available in Spanish for some topics. Participation is not limited to Orange County residents.

For more information or to register, please visit and click on the link, entitled, “PLANT@Breeze Farm Tentative Class Schedule.”

Persons with disabilities and persons with limited English proficiency may request accommodations to participate by contacting Mike Lanier, Agricultural Economic Development agent, at 919-245-2063 or via e-mail, or in person at the County Extension Office.

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