Cook County FB offers new farmer workshop

Training session to provide an overview on liability, legislation, financing and other things to be considered by anyone contemplating a start in farming.

By Jim Taylor

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Where is the dollar in your yard? The Cook County Farm Bureau is helping answer that question this weekend with a training session for new farmers.

“It’s just a half-day workshop,” said Raghela Scavuzzo, local foods program manager for Illinois Farm Bureau. “This isn’t super in-depth; this is to wet your fingers on if you’re interested in getting into farming.”

Scavuzzo is helping promote the event, scheduled for Saturday at the Cook County Farm Bureau meeting room in Countryside. The fee is $20 for members and $30 for non-members.

Key areas of the session will include agri-tourism and specialty growers.

“We’re going to talk about things like evaluating your resources,” Scavuzzo told the RFD Radio Network®. “How do you know if you have the right land, soil, water and people?”

Other topics include business planning and marketing.

“How do you find the right product and how do you pair it with the market,” Scavuzzo said.

Food safety, business tools and legislation will also be covered.

“Nobody likes to talk about their finances, but it’s one of the biggest pieces you have to talk about,” Scavuzzo said. 

In addition, the training will include discussion on liability and risk.

“If you’re going to do agri-tourism, what kind of insurance do you need to carry,” Scavuzzo said. 

You can register for the program at www.cookcfb.org or by calling 708-354-3276. 

Content for this story was provided by FarmWeekNow.com.

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