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December 12, 2014. Grow Your Business: Seeds for Successful Direct Marketing of Fruits and Vegetables

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December 12, 2014. Grow Your Business: Seeds for Successful Direct Marketing of Fruits and Vegetables

December 12, 2014. Grow Your Business: Seeds for Successful Direct Marketing of Fruits and Vegetables. Join Megan Bruch Leffew and Hal Pepper of the Center for Profitable Agriculture for an intensive training for farmers interested in making direct sales to restaurants. Location: Chattanooga, TN Sessions will include: Planning for Enterprise Success & Liability Insurance 101 Keys to Successful Marketing with Tips on Marketing to Restaurants Counting Your Costs Pricing for Profit In addition, a panel discussion on the benefits and...

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December 2014 UT Southern Style Hospitality Workshop Series

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December  2014 UT Southern Style Hospitality Workshop Series

December  2014. Southern Style Hospitality Seminars provide customer service training for business owners, managers and front line employees – anyone in your business that comes into contact with customers. While this offering of seminars are targeting direct farm marketers and agritourism operators, the concepts taught in this seminar will apply to anyone dealing with customers. Dates are December 5, 2014 – Cookeville December 11, 2014 – Chattanooga December 16, 2014 – Clarksville December 18, 2014 – Memphis The seminars...

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June 15, 2015. Are You Ready to Start a CSA workshop series, #6

Posted by on May 11, 2014 in CSA, East TN, Free to TFVA members, News & Events, UT Extension, Workshop/Seminars | Comments Off on June 15, 2015. Are You Ready to Start a CSA workshop series, #6

June 15, 2015. Are You Ready to Start a CSA workshop series, #6

These six workshops will be taught by experienced growers and UT personnel and will provide growers with training in planning, structuring, marketing, managing, analyzing profitability and expanding a CSA. June 15, Marketing Your CSA and Keeping Your Customers Happy, led by Megan Bruch, Center for Profitable Agriculture, and Ron and Chris Arnold, Herb and Plow Farm, Grimsley, TN. This workshop will help participants develop a marketing plan and provide tips for marketing their CSA. These 2-hour workshops are scheduled for one Monday afternoon...

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May 11, 2015. Are You Ready to Start a CSA Workshop Series, #5

Posted by on Apr 13, 2014 in CSA, East TN, Free to TFVA members, News & Events, UT Extension, Workshop/Seminars | Comments Off on May 11, 2015. Are You Ready to Start a CSA Workshop Series, #5

May 11, 2015. Are You Ready to Start a CSA Workshop Series, #5

These six workshops will be taught by experienced growers and UT personnel and will provide growers with training in planning, structuring, marketing, managing, analyzing profitability and expanding a CSA. May 11, Choosing Equipment for a Small, Diversified Farm, led by Bob Due, Terraced Gardens Farm, New Tazewell, TN. This workshop will cover choosing equipment for a small, diversified operation. These 2-hour workshops are scheduled for one Monday afternoon a month, and will be offered on working farms throughout Tennessee from January to...

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April 13, 2015. Are You Ready to Start a CSA Workshop Series, #4

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April 13, 2015. Are You Ready to Start a CSA Workshop Series, #4

These six workshops will be taught by experienced growers and UT personnel and will provide growers with training in planning, structuring, marketing, managing, analyzing profitability and expanding a CSA. April 13, Adding Fruit Crops to Your CSA, led by David Lockwood, Plant Sciences, and Shannon Meadows, Mountain Meadows Farm. This workshop will introduce participants to considerations for small and tree fruit production. These 2-hour workshops are scheduled for one Monday afternoon a month, and will be offered on working farms throughout...

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March 16, 2015. Are You Ready to Start a CSA Workshop Series, #3

Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 in CSA, Free to TFVA members, Middle TN, News & Events, UT Extension, Workshop/Seminars | Comments Off on March 16, 2015. Are You Ready to Start a CSA Workshop Series, #3

March 16, 2015. Are You Ready to Start a CSA Workshop Series, #3

These six workshops will be taught by experienced growers and UT personnel and will provide growers with training in planning, structuring, marketing, managing, analyzing profitability and expanding a CSA. March 16, Managing Growth of Your CSA, Labor Management, Apprenticeship Programs and Quality of Life, led by Jeff Martin, Plant Sciences, and Tana Comer, Eaton’s Creek Organics, Joelton, TN. This workshop will cover labor issues, the pros and cons of apprenticeship programs, and expanding your CSA gradually, while maintaining your quality...

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Februay 9, 2015. Are You Ready to Start a CSA Workshop Series, #2

Posted by on Jan 25, 2014 in CSA, Free to TFVA members, News & Events, UT Extension, West TN, Workshop/Seminars | Comments Off on Februay 9, 2015. Are You Ready to Start a CSA Workshop Series, #2

Februay 9, 2015. Are You Ready to Start a CSA Workshop Series, #2

February 9, 2015.  These six workshops will be taught by experienced growers and UT personnel and will provide growers with training in planning, structuring, marketing, managing, analyzing profitability and expanding a CSA. February 9,  Options for CSA Legal Structure and Analyzing CSA Profitability. Led by Chris Clark and Margarita Velandia, Agricultural and Resource Economics, Becky Jacobs, College of Law, and Ray and Bart Gilmer, Falcon Ridge Farm, Toone, TN.  This workshop will help participants think about the legal structure of their...

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November 11, 2013. UT Crop Production Workshop Series

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November 11, 2013. UT Crop Production Workshop Series

November 11, 2013. UT Crop Production Workshop Series: Orchard Clean-Up, Apple Valley Orchard, Cleveland, TN. This is a 7-part monthly workshop series starting in July and running through December.  The workshop series targets commercial producers and agriculture professionals interested in learning organic and conventional crop production practices. Workshops are scheduled for one Monday morning a month and the 3-hour sessionconsists of presentations by extension specialists accompanied by discussions and hands-on activities. ALL workshops...

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October 18-20, 2013. PMA Fresh Summit 2013, New Orleans.

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October 18-20, 2013. PMA Fresh Summit 2013, New Orleans.

October 18-20, 2013. PMA Fresh Summit 2013, New Orleans. Click here for more information.

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October 14, 2013. UT Crop Production Workshop Series

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October 14, 2013. UT Crop Production Workshop Series

October 14, 2013. UT Crop Production Workshop Series: Tree Nut Production, Turley Brother’s Jones Farm, Fayette, County, TN. This is a 7-part monthly workshop series starting in July and running through December.  The workshop series targets commercial producers and agriculture professionals interested in learning organic and conventional crop production practices. Workshops are scheduled for one Monday morning a month and the 3-hour session consists of presentations by extension specialists accompanied by discussions and hands-on...

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