The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

November 6, 2012

Is entrepreneurial farming for you?


CHAMPAIGN — This workshop assists aspiring farmers with new business ideas and provides information and resources for a new generation of entrepreneurial farmers.

As the demand for local, sustainably-grown food continues to rise, farmers and aspiring farmers are working to meet the demand through the creation of small-scale entrepreneurial farm businesses. To facilitate these new farm businesses and address the needs of a new generation of aspiring entrepreneurial farmers, the University of Illinois Extension will host the workshop, “Is Entrepreneurial Farming for You?” on Nov. 14.

“The 3½ hour workshop is designed to help people who think they might want to get their feet wet in sustainable farming learn what it takes to start and manage a farm-based business, and decide whether this is the path they are ready to take,” said Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant, local food systems and small farms educator, in a press release.

“Is Entrepreneurial Farming for You?” covers resource assessment, goal-setting, financial planning and marketing options. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to meet experienced sustainable farmers and other prospective farmers. They also will learn about different successful farm enterprises, and have a chance to ask questions about the genesis and development of farm businesses.

The workshop will be conducted 5:30-9 p.m. Nov. 14 at the University of Illinois Extension office, 801 N. Country Fair Dr., Champaign Registration for each workshop is $20 and includes a light supper. Payment can be processed online at or by contacting The University of Illinois Extension at 333-7672.

University of Illinois Extension is a statewide educational network that links the resources and research of the University of Illinois to the people of Illinois. The programs and workshops, which take place throughout the state, address issues involving youth, families, community development, agriculture, and natural resources.

For information, visit or If reasonable accommodations are needed in order to participate in any of the programs, call 333-7672.