WSU Kitsap Offers Farm Business Planning Course

Small Farms KitsapWSU Kitsap County Extension will offer its popular Ag Entrepreneurship Course on starting and sustaining a profitable small farm or agricultural enterprise beginning Jan. 28. Community members are invited to sign up for this intensive, hands-on learning opportunity.

The course features a full lineup of local guest speakers: bankers, accountants, attorneys and successful farm owners.

Participants will gain skills in business planning, direct marketing and record-keeping. They’ll also receive information on federal and state programs targeted to the needs of small producers, including resources to improve risk management and conservation practices.

Designed for both beginning farmers as well as current growers who are looking to take their farm in a new direction, the course features guest lectures by regional growers who are models of sustainable agriculture in farming and marketing practices.

Participants will develop a business plan they can take to the bank to finance their new enterprise or use as a roadmap for their farm business.

The Ag Entrepreneurship course costs $250; scholarships are available. Classes will be on Wednesday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Norm Dicks Government Center, located at 345 Sixth Street in Bremerton.

To register or for more information, contact Diane Fish at (360) 337-7157 or dfish [at] wsu [dot] edu. Registration information is also available at