Berkshire Grown’s Winter Workshop series for 2019 features presentations on planning for profit and managing cashflow, bookkeeping for farmers, decision-making with holistic management, and crafting the story to market your business. Registration now open.
Unless otherwise noted, all workshops take place in the Community Room at Stockbridge Town Hall, 50 Main Street, Stockbridge, MA and are $15 for Berkshire Grown members; $25 for non-members. **Early Bird Member Special sign up for all 5 Berkshire Grown workshops by February 15, and get 1 free. **
Registration required. Sign up here.
Telling Your Story: Website Design and Branding
Thursday, February 21, 2:00-5:00PM
Marketing and branding is really just a process of telling your story and the story of your farm. In this workshop presenters, Margaret Roach and the farmers from Tiny Hearts Farm, will take us through the process of website design and story-telling. We will then have the chance to see how it all works using workshop participants to demonstrate some of the steps in working through the design and branding process. Learn more.
Bookkeeping for Farmers Part 1
Tuesday, February 26, 2:00-5:00PM
This two part workshop will take farmers through the nuts and bolts of establishing and using a bookkeeping system from setting up a Chart of Accounts to preparing documents for your tax accountant. In part 1, we will cover the reasons for keeping records and ways to organize your receipts, setting up a Chart of Accounts, tracking inventory, invoicing and recording income, the use of Classes in Quickbooks, and cash versus accrual accounting. Learn more.
Bookkeeping for Farmers Part 2
Tuesday, March 12, 2:00-5:00PM
In part 2 we cover practicalities like writing checks and paying bills, recording payroll and labor (including 1099 reporting), recording loans, grants, and repayment, and organizing tax documents for your accountants well as how to run and use reports to improve your business. Once again, we will have plenty of time for discussion. Learn more.
Planning for Profit
Tuesday March 5, 2:00-5:00PM
You already have the most profitable tool you’ll ever own – take your tax records and turn them into something that benefits you by planning for profit. Using management records, we’ll develop a plan for the year, in numbers, starting with our profit goal. Finally we’ll try to answer the question “Where does it all go?” by taking a deep dive into the sources and uses of cash that explain why money in the checkbook is not an indicator of profitability. Learn more.
Introduction to Holistic Financial Planning
Tuesday, March 19, 2:00-5:00PM
Holistic Management is a values based decision making framework that helps us optimize our work toward social, economic and ecological wellbeing. This course introduces the important ideas in Holistic Financial planning- planning for profit first, sorting expenditures for impact, testing strategies, and proactively monitoring leading indicators and adjusting plans to ensure outcomes. Learn more.
Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training for FSMA Readiness
Co-sponsored with UMass Extension and MDAR
Thursday, March 14, 2:00-5:00PM
Stockbridge Town Hall Senior Center, 50 Main St, Stockbridge, MA 01262
$40; PSA Manual, AFDO Certificate, lunch and refreshments included
Registration required. Sign up at: ag.umass.edu/vegetable/events/produce-safety-alliance-grower-training-stockbridge-ma
In this full day workshop, participants will learn about produce safety best practices for farms of all sizes, how to develop a farm food safety plan, key parts of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and an overview of how these requirements will be enforced in MA through MDAR’s Commonwealth Quality Program (CQP). Learn more.