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The upcoming series “Small Farm Profitability” is being offered by N.C. REAL and their community partners at the Small Business Centers and Cooperative Extensions in Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus and Robeson counties.


It is a series of six classes taught by Tony Kleese, an expert in Agriculture Entrepreneurship with a focus on sustainable farming. The series will addresses common challenges faced by new and transitioning farmers in the region.


The course covers growing crops for the organic and sustainable markets and it is designed to help participants by connecting them to new skills, community support and the development of a solid market-based growing plan.


The series will be offered in two blocks. The first block will be held Tuesday, Sept. 23, Sept. 30 and Oct. 7 from 6-9 p.m. The second block will be held Tuesday, Dec. 2, Dec. 9 and Dec. 16 from 6-9 p.m. This series will be held at the Robeson County Cooperative Extension office in Lumberton.


The cost of the course is $65, however, a limited number of scholarships are available for individuals in Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus and Robeson counties to attend the series free of charge. A scholarship application must be completed to be eligible for the scholarship. Interested individuals can contact Shannon Gallagher with N.C. REAL at 919-448-8015 or shannon@ncreal.org.


After this series, NC REAL and their partners will offer the REAL Ag Entrepreneurship business-planning course. This set of 7 free seminars will assist individuals interested in starting an Ag-related business develop their business plan. These seminars will be offered at Bladen County Cooperative Extension and Brunswick County Cooperative Extension.


A limited number of scholarships are available for individuals in Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus and Robeson counties to attend this series free of charge. A scholarship application must be completed to be eligible to participate. Interested individuals can contact Shannon Gallagher with N.C. REAL at 919-448-8015 or shannon@ncreal.org.

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