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Marketing for the Farmers' Market Vendor

In partnership with the St Norbert Farmers' Market and Food Matters Manitoba.
 

Saturday, March 19th, 1:30 - 4pm

Central Church of Christ, 170 St. Mary's Road, Winnipeg
Rowena Hopkins

$30, $27 for OFCM-COG members, free for St Norbert Farmers' Market members, plus GST. Possible financial assistance

All attendees should being a photo (digital or print) of their farmers' market stand. 

 

During this participatory workshop, Rowena will guide you through a wide selection of images of farmers' markets from across Canada and invite you to share your thoughts about what works and what doesn't about each of the images. She will then invite the brave to share images of their own stands either with the entire group or with smaller groups (and the shy to consider their own booths) in order to come up with concrete ways to improve the appearance of your farmers market stand and boost your sales in the process.

 

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Working with Apprentices/Interns

Saturday, March 19th, 6 - 9:30pm

Central Church of Christ, 170 St. Mary's Road, Winnipeg

$40, $36 for OFCM-COG members (you need your COG membership number when registering), plus GST.  Possible financial assistance

Rowena Hopkins

 

Rowena will present on the complete process of working with apprentices from determining whether an apprenticeship program is appropriate to a particular farm, to hiring, to creating a training program, to providing effective feedback to conflict resolution. At the end, participants will have a strong understanding of what it takes to host apprentices and what they need to do to make an apprenticeship program successful.

 

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Rowena Hopkins is the Executive Director of Farmers' Markets of Nova Scotia. In her past life she managed an organic farm with an 80 member CSA that sold at 3 farmers' markets, during which time she managed both paid employees, apprentices and Wwoofers. In 2009 she spent 6 months Wwoofing across Canada, taking the opportunity to experience 'the shoe on the other foot' working at 20 farms and 15 farmers' markets in every province of Canada. She has a background in education, organic farm inspecting, marketing and geology.

 

Financial Assistance

You may be eligible for tuition reimbursement by Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives through their Agri-Excellence program by creating an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) for the future. Click here to find your nearest MAFRI GO Team Office and ask the Extention Coordinator to help you through the first step. You must be responsible for getting in touch with your local EC as far in advance as possible to facilitate creating your Individualized Learning Plan.

 

 

Coordinator for all events: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 204.239.7170

 

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Funding for these workshops was provided by the Canada and Manitoba governments through Growing Forward, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.

 

 

 

 


Please check out our calendar of events for workshops put on by other organizations dedicated to small scale local food production.




Past Events:

QuickBooks 2010 for the Small Farm Business

November 20, 2010  1 - 4:15pm

Herzing College, 723 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg

$50+GST, $45+GST for COG members (you need your COG membership number when registering)  Possible financial assistance.

 

Instructor: Paula Taylor, CGA

 

The following will be covered:

  • Why you should be organizing your business with accounting software.
  • What QuickBooks can do for your business.
  • General overview of the software.
You will leave with a generalized start up file that will be in line with what an accountant needs when doing your taxes.

 

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Paula started her accounting life in 1977 by taking the Bookkeeping Course at Assiniboine Community College.  After having children, in 1993 she took a refresher at the Morden College called Automated Office Systems which included secretarial and computerized accounting using Bedford.  She started her own business doing bookkeeping and desktop publishing and also taught Simply Accounting at Red River. In 1997 she started taking the Certified General Accountant courses.  She has worked as an Accounts Payable Clerk, Accounts Receivable Clerk, Finance Officer and a Controller.  In 2004 she decided she wanted to work on her own and started her own business.  She does income tax, bookkeeping and training using Simply Accounting, Quickbooks and Accountedge.

 

Crop Rotation for the Market Gardener

Saturday, January 15th, 10 - 5pm

Location United Way Building (main floor meeting room), 580 Main Street, Winnipeg

$75+GST, $67.50+GST for COG members (you need your COG membership number when registering)   

Possible financial assistance.

 

This workshop is facilitated by Ann Slater of Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario who has run an intensive, one and a half-acre market garden in the St. Marys area of southwestern Ontario for over thirty years. Ann Slater Fresh Organic Vegetables 

 

This workshop can be applied to community gardens, large personal veg gardens and mixed vegetable CSA farms.

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Just like field crops, market gardens can benefit from well planned rotations. However, the typically smaller area, the increased plant diversity and the more restricted use of large machinery can make crop rotations more challenging. In this workshop, participants will review the possible factors to consider when making cash crop rotation plans for the market garden as well as look at some sample rotations.  The last part of the day will focus on cover crops, their importance, the challenge of including them in the rotation and cover crop options. 

This workshop will help new and aspiring market gardeners consider their farms' individual crop rotation needs and build them into their farm planning and finances.  A good rotation plan should be built around the overall farm plan, and be built on crops that will give you a return, and at the same time help to keep costs down.  Participants will review factors to consider when making crop rotation plans for the market garden and look at some sample rotations. Ann works her market garden for the most part on her own, and will discuss time management and relationship-building within her community and with her customers.

 

Learn from one of the best!

 

 

I started my accounting life in 1977 by taking the Bookkeeping Course at Assiniboine Community College.  After having children in 1993 I took a refresher at the Morden College called Automated Office Systems which included secretarial and computerized accounting using Bedford.  I started my own business doing bookkeeping and desktop publishing. I also taught Simply Accounting at Red River. In 1997 I started taking my Certified General Accountant courses.  I worked as an Accounts Payable Clerk, Accounts Receivable Clerk, Finance Officer and a Controller.  In 2004 I decided I wanted to work on my own and started my own business.  I do income taxes, bookkeeping and training using Simply Accounting, Quickbooks and Accountedge.

 

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