Networks can help farms and other businesses prosper

Few farmers fully utilize their resource networks. These networks include Extension Agents, fellow farmers and other agricultural personnel with production, processing and sales skills. Other network resources include funders like bankers, agency staff and grantors. Potential customers are part of networks too: neighbors, CSA members, off-farm co-workers, PTA members, church members, 4-H families, etc. All may offer insights, help or a shoulder to lean on when needed.

“Women farmers need networks like the Women’s Agricultural Network (WAgN) more than ever,” said Mary Peabody, University of Vermont Extension. For the past 150 years, farm families have generally trained sons to grow foods and daughters for domestic chores like canning and food preservation. As more women turn to farming, either by choice or as widows inheriting farms, they need to learn about available resources and training for maximum effectiveness and efficiency. [more]

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About Sanne Kure-Jensen

Sanne Kure-Jensen is a frequent contributor to Country Folks, Country Folks Grower and Wine & Grape Grower bringing regional and national attention to agriculture in RI and across southern New England. She has also written for newsletters of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), Holistic Management International (HMI), RI Beekeepers Association and RI Tree Council. Read Sanne’s work at her Sustainable Living page at examiner.com. Sanne has written successful grant applications for alternative energy projects, staff and board training, products and services. Clients include agricultural businesses, farm stand/markets and non-profit organizations. Recent successful grant projects include a $90,000 USDA Rural Development‘s Rural Energy For America Program (REAP), $10,000 Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Farmer and $20,000 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG). Sanne is the part-time Administrator for NOFA/RI, a Rhode Island Certified Horticulturist and beekeeper. She is a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional and has lectured across southern New England on Beekeeping, Native Pollinators and Ecological Landscape Design. Learn more about the NOFA’s Land Care programs or contact Sanne for a garden consultation through the NOFA/RI website.
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