New applicants sought for farmer business-training program

The nonprofit Sustainable Connections is currently accepting applications for up to three new participants in its Food To Bank On program for 2014.

Applications are due by Tuesday, Oct. 15.

Food To Bank On is a beginning farmer business-training project facilitated by Sustainable Connections’ Food & Farming Program. The project connects farm business with business planning resources and experts, mentor farmers, workshops tailored to their business needs and new market opportunities.

Food to Bank On participants go through a business planning series each winter, working with a cohort of peer and mentor farmers to write and revisit their business plans. In addition, participants receive free Sustainable Connections’ membership, marketing assistance and market rate payments to deliver fresh food to local food banks and shelters, providing a foundation to build their business through relationships with retailers and restaurants, as well as seasoned area farmers.

Current program participants include: Nooksack Delta Ranch, Roll Organic Farms, Sage and Sky Farm, The Carrot & Stick, Vine Maple Acres, Blue Wheel Farm, Prairie Road Farm, Well Fed Farms and the Backyard Beans & Grains Project.

Current mentor farms include: Cedarville Farm, Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Osprey Hill Farm, Rabbit Fields Farm, Misty Meadows Farm, and Uprising Organics.

More information and applications are available online at Sustainable Connections’ website.

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