Friday, February 2, 2018 at 11:00 AM CST
Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 4:30 PM CST

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Sedgwick County Extension Education Center 
7001 W 21st St N
Wichita, KS 67205-1759

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Rebecca McMahon 
Sedgwick County Extension 

Local Food Producer Entrepreneurship Workshop & Central Kansas Market Grower & Vendor Workshop 

Finding Your Niche & Passion

Farming is not just a profession, it’s a lifestyle. It’s critical to implement and evolve business models that allow farmers to achieve the lifestyle that they are seeking. Greg Garbos will share his story about his years in corporate engineering and business development before his career in agriculture, his passion for farming and how engineering farms is a combination of his two primary pursuits: skill-based service & sphere of influence.

Business Planning & Launching Your Business

After years of designing greenhouses and farming operations for other farmers, Greg was exposed to lots of business models before launching his own farm. He will discuss the planning, launch, implementation, and strategies of City Bitty Farm. By stepping through the history of the farm from concept to profitability, he will share his struggles, successes, and lessons learned.

Scale, Systems, & Season Extension, Parts 1 & 2

Greg Garbos will present about the importance of understanding and choosing a scale that gives farmers the best chance of success given their circumstance. Although sustainability does include social and environmental resilience, farming models that are not economically viable or cannot be personally maintained are not sustainable. 

It’s critical to make good decisions early in the process of defining a farming business including definition of Scale, Point of Sale, Product Specialization, Cashflow Flywheels, Material Handling Strategies, Season Extension, and the associated Systems. Once defined, the interplay between Scale, Systems, and Season Extension is vital to the economic success of for-profit farming.

How can you make decisions about what is scale appropriate without first defining an appropriate scale?