Learn how to make income out of acreage at farm school

Published 9:11 am Thursday, November 11, 2021

Getting your Trinity Audio player ready...

Have you ever thought about farming, but didn’t know where to begin?
Maybe you own property, and want to know what you can do with it. Perhaps you already have an idea of what you want to do, but need help formulating a plan. Or maybe you have already started farming, but are looking for ways to make your farm more profitable.
If you want to start a small agriculture enterprise, improve your operation or know someone who is interested in farming, consider attending the NC Farm School.
Davie County Cooperative Extension will host NC Farm School – Piedmont in 2022, in collaboration with Davidson, Forsyth, Guilford, Randolph, and Yadkin counties. This series of courses and field days starts in February 2022 and runs through May. You meet twice a month for educational classes and there will be 4 field days to visit operations. It is a great way to see agricultural enterprises and gain information from speakers with expertise to share. Participants will gain basic information in management, marketing, finances record keeping and more.
NC Farm School is a unique program for new and transitioning farmers.
NC Farm School benefits attendees by connecting them to an entrepreneurial community of like-minded farmers and providing them with key business skills. Attendees are able to make important connections in business and networking and receive mentoring as they build their new ventures.
In Davie County, Justin and Holly Miller of Cherry Hill Farm attended NC Farm School to learn how to get their family farm up and going again. NC Farm School helped the Millers refine and expand their initial vision of selling produce at market and a roadside stand to the diversified operation they have today.
The Millers highly recommend NC Farm School to anyone considering farming. “NC Farm School really helped us build the foundation to start our business. They taught us how to run numbers before making any moves, and how to keep good records and the importance of it,” they said.
Applications are being accepted through Dec. 16, for the 2022 NC Farm School, which will start in February 2022.
Classroom sessions are planned to be held in person at the Davie County Extension Center, but will be based on N.C. and NC State Extension guidelines for safety concerning COVID. One field day per month will be held in the six counties collaborating on NCFS.
For more information, call NC Cooperative Extension in Davie 336-753-6100 or visit https://ncfarmschool.ces.ncsu.edu/2022-nc-farm-school/.