TEAGASC is hosting a series of workshops this month on the topic of increasing family farm income.
Each workshop will consist of five sessions run over five consecutive weeks and will include visits to local farms and entrepreneurs who have succeeded in diversifying their farming activities.
Topics covered at the workshops will include: idea generation; assessing your enterprise; developing your idea; family farm finances; marketing and direct selling; food enterprise possibilities; rural tourism; organic opportunities; alternative land use options; a business plan – the basics; farm family finance; business supports; applying for grant aid.
Speaking in advance of the first workshop, Geraldine Hynes, Teagasc Options co-ordinator for the workshop said: ‘Improving household income is the key focus for all farm families. The options workshop will help farm families take a serious look at the resources and options available on the farm, and within the farm household, to generate additional income for the family.
‘Hearing first hand from farmers who have succeeded in adding an additional income stream tells their own story helps expose farm families to new ideas and examine opportunities across a range of options.’
The West Cork workshop will take place in Teagasc, Skibbereen, starting on Wednesday, October 14th.
For booking and further details go to www.teagasc.ie/events or contact any local Teagasc office.