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Six Month Resource Program for Small and Regionally Marketing WA Farms

January - June 2022  (Apply by December 15th)

Profiting from Your Pivot is a new bi-lingual business service with one-on-one coaching for small and regionally marketing farms in Washington. COVID caused your business model to pivot, now it's time to focus on profit.

This program will give farmers the chance to evaluate their business pivots and COVID-19 adaptions made over the last 20 months. You will be given the tools to decide what is working and what is not and set future goals. You'll be paired up with your own personal business coach, farm mentors, trainings, and approximately $700 in professional services to achieve those goals.

Farms requesting support to achieve a USDA Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certification will have the option to reimburse their first successful audit.

What You'll Get

  • MONTHLY SESSIONS WITH YOUR PERSONAL BUSINESS COACH
  • LIVE COURSES TO MATCH YOUR FARM BUSINESS NEEDS
  • ANYTIME ACCESS TO RECORDED CLASSES
  • MONTHLY PEER TO PEER WORKSHOPS WITH FELLOW WA PRODUCERS
  • FREE CONSULTATION AND WORKING SESSIONS WITH A PROFESSIONAL SERVICE PROVIDER
  • GAP AUDIT PREPARATION SUPPORT
  • BI-LINGUAL PROGRAM IN SPANISH & ENGLISH

More About the Program

WSDA Regional Markets and Business Impact NW have teamed up to offer Profiting from Your Pivot, a program for small and regionally marketing farms across Washington. Check out our information session for more details.

This program will give farmers the chance to evaluate their business pivots and COVID-19 adaptions made over the last 20 months. You will be given the tools to decide what is working and what is not and set future goals. You'll be paired up with your own personal business coach, mentor, trainings, and approximately $700 in professional services to achieve those goals.

You will be paired with your own personal business coach to create a personalized path through the program's offerings, selecting the most beneficial mix of live and on-demand trainings, mentorship from experienced farmers, and additional professional services to fit your needs. For farms that identify a GAP audit as a key requirement for their business goals, the program includes a track focused on writing a produce safety plan and preparing for a GAP audit, with the option to reimburse costs for their first successful GAP audit.

During the 6 month program, participants will be required to attend a monthly meeting with other farmers in the program to network, receive expert presentations, and learn about additional opportunities.

You will have access to a portfolio of free business resources and professional services designed specifically to help YOU navigate uncertainty and plan for future success in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This project is funded in part by WSDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

FAQs

What would my personal business coach be assisting me with in these monthly sessions?
  • Identifying new growth opportunities
  • Managing business profitability
  • Discovering additional learning opportunities
  • Connecting to community resources
  • Writing a produce safety plan
  • Preparing for a Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) audit
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