Upcoming workshops aim to help farmers

Are you a farmer looking to bring home a little extra bacon?

The newly-launched Northern Co-Hort group will host a series of workshops this month aimed at helping farmers grow their business.

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The first is a grant writing workshop scheduled for Thursday, January 10. 

The workshop will cover what grants are available to farmers, and help them develop the skills and tools to prepare a grant proposal to bring in necessary capital to their operations.

The workshop takes place Thursday, January 10, at 10003 95th Avenue in Fort St. John, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. There is no charge to attend.

On January 25 and 26, the Co-Hort will co-host a series of workshops with Chris Bodnar of Close to Home Organics.

Over the two days, farmers will learn about co-operative business models in agriculture, as well as farm financial management practices.

Bodnar co-owns and operates Close to Home Organics with his wife, Paige, in Abbotsford. Now in their tenth season of farming, the couple operates a 135-member Community Shared agriculture program.

Workshops run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, at Northern Grand Hotel. For more info on costs and registration, click here.

The two days of workshops are being hosted in partnership with the Young Agrarians, a national network for new and young ecological and organic farmers that started in January 2012.

The Co-Hort was launched by the Northern Environmental Action Team in late 2018 to address food security issues in the region.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.

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