Many want to move to the country to enjoy the benefits of rural living.
The thought seems very pleasant until one realizes that they have just purchased 5, 10, 20 or even 50 acres and they are not really sure what the options are for utilizing the land they have purchased. Many have agricultural roots and seek to revisit their heritage remembered through parents or grandparents or even childhood experiences. Others seek to at least generate enough income to pay property taxes.
Regardless of your situation, if you are looking for ideas and want to develop a plan for your personal situation, this workshop is for you.
Whether a hobby or a small business designed to make money, an upcoming Purdue Extension program series entitled "Making a Some Dollars on a Few Acres" is designed to help those trying to create ideas or develop a small business activity that effectively utilizes smaller acreages.
All four programs are on Wednesday evenings. The first session on April 16 with Jim Luzar, from the Purdue New Ventures Team, will assist individuals with developing a business plan and understanding finance options.
A second session on April 23 will follow-up with the business plan lesson where folks can continue to work on the business plan with one-on-one help and test drive with personal interviews with financial, insurance and new-venture educator representatives.
The April 30 session will be of particular benefit for those who have home, road-side or farmer's market produce stands. Jennifer Dennis of Purdue will help individuals with making their stand more customer attractive while also addressing rules and issues that one must consider to stay out of trouble when having produce stands.
The fourth and final session will occur on May 21, with Jerry Nelson of the Purdue New Ventures team introducing the new "Market Maker" program and shedding further light on ideas and activities that can enhance a small farm or small acreage business.
All four programs will be held at the Purdue Extension-Owen County office located at 180 South Washington Street in Spencer. The office is located just one-half block south of the courthouse (east side).
Cost for each session is $5 or or $15 for all four sessions. For more information or to RSVP, please contact the office at 812.829.5020 x14 and ask for Mark Evans.