Workshops look at changing business model to increase farmers’ profits
Adding Value to Your Farm: Exploring On-Farm Dairy Processing will be offered from 9:30am to 3pm on March 27, at the Best Western, 100 Spring St., River Falls. This event will feature nuts and bolts of early business planning including processing practicalities, building a farm-based dairy business, and advice from Farmers Union members who are making and marketing food products from cow and goat milk. WFU panelists include Meg Wittenmyer of Bifrost Farms, Josh Bryceson and Rama Hoffpauir of Cosmic Wheel Creamery, and Theresa Depies of Springbrook Dairy. Michelle Farner, Dairy Pilot Plot Manager from UW-River Falls, and Norm Monsen, a Market Development Specialist at the State of Wisconsin will also be featured. The program cost is $15 per person at the door. UW-Extension and Wisconsin Farmers Union have teamed up to offer this workshop. Details and registration: https://www.wisconsinfarmersunion.com/events.
Begin a Farmstead Micro-Creamery, a May 23 field day in Clear Lake, will focus on what it takes to start and operate a successful on-farm creamery. This free event, hosted by MOSES, will cover start-up considerations, the art of making artisan cheeses, legalities and marketing, and seasonal milking. Wisconsin Farmers Union members Josh Bryceson and Rama Hoffpauir of Cosmic Wheel Creamery are an example of farmers developing a unique system to distance themselves from the commodity market. They will share their experience with this production model and give other producers a farmer’s-eye-view of the process they went through and what they learned along the way. Details and registration: https://mosesorganic.org/events/organic-field-days/farmstead-micro-creamery/.
Click the link for a flyer for the March 27 event: Value-added Dairy FINAL
Click the link for a scholarship application: Making_More_From_Milk Scholarship
Click the link for a flyer for the April 23-25 event: MMfM-flyer _April2019