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PASA Education Event - Diversified Vegetable Farm Financial Benchmarks

January 9, 2018 Farmer-to-Farmer Exchange Event

Event Overview
  Chatham University
  Eden Hall Campus
  6035 Ridge Rd
  Gibsonia, PA 15044
  [Allegheny Co] 
Western Region Annual Meeting
Date & Time
  Tuesday, January 9
  Free to everyone with pre-registration
Event Description
Direct market sales (farmers markets, CSA’s, etc.) are an $86 million industry in Pennsylvania, yet very little information is available to help diversified vegetable farmers make successful business decisions. At this workshop, PASA invites veggie farmers to improve their bottom line by plugging into a nation-wide research project assessing how markets, scale, and crop diversity influence profitability for direct market produce farmers. Participants will complete a ~60 minute survey about their farm’s 2016 finances, and receive detailed information about how their businesses compare to farms across Pennsylvania and nationwide.

Elaine Lemmon (Kitchen Table Consultants) will also offer an advanced QuickBooks training seminar and help farmers improve their financial management for 2018 and beyond.

Participants are eligible for a $100 stipend for completing the study, but must prepare some basic 2016 financial records before the workshop. General results from this study will be shared widely with PASA members, but your farm’s specific numbers will be kept confidential.
Registration will be open from 8/14/2017 to 1/3/2018 at 5pm.
Speaker Information
Brad Barham is a professor of Applied Economics at the University of Wisconsin. He is the lead researcher on a nationwide study the interaction of scale, markets, and product diversity on the profitability of direct market vegetable farming models. He has conducted field research into the economics of sustainable farming across many parts of the U.S. and Latin America.

Elaine Lemmon has worked as a fourth generation farmer on her family’s land. After years of serving hundreds of CSA customers, restaurants, grocers, and farmers’ markets, Elaine has not only developed skills as a dynamic business owner, but also a deep understanding of the daily challenges farmers face in trying to keep a family’s farm economically sustainable. She has joined the team at Kitchen Table Consultants with hope and excitement for helping KTC in strengthening local farm and food businesses, so that these businesses – your business – can create statewide, contagious consumer awareness.
Do you allow walk-ins?
In order to prepare the necessary records, we ask that everyone pre-register. Call (814) 349-9856 to register by phone.
Is there financial aid for this event?
This event is free for everyone.
Who do I contact if I have more questions about this event?
Please contact Franklin Egan at (814) 349-956 x21 or for more information about this event.
Registrant Information

Use the 5-digit Zip Code that you last gave PASA

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