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Five Month Specialized Business Coaching Service for Small and Regionally Marketing WA Farms

November 2022 - April 2023 (Priority Apply by October 31)

WSDA Regional Markets and Business Impact NW have teamed up to offer a new bilingual business coaching service for small and regionally marketing Washington farms.

Profiting from Your Pivot offers 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 program will give you the chance to evaluate your business pivots and COVID-19 adaptions made over the last two years. 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.

Allow us to connect you with business professionals, farm mentors and personalized training tailored to your needs.

Apply here for priority application by October 31, 2022.

What You'll Get

  • 1:1 monthly business coaching sessions.*
  • Monthly WA Farm Mentor Workshops.*
  • 1:1 mentorship with Washington farmers.
  • Guided access to live and on-demand courses matching your business needs.
  • Two-hours of professional bookkeeping and accounting services.
  • Plus additional $700 in professional services focused on:
    • Accounting,
    • Marketing, and/or
    • Food safety planning and GAP audit preparation. $700 can be applied to reimburse the cost of your first successful USDA Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certification

*Indicates required attendance for program participation. All other services are customized and self-guided based on the goals identified with your business coach. 

Featured Washington Farm Mentors

Hayshaker FarmChandler Briggs
Hayshaker Farm
Hayshaker Farm uses horsepower from draft horses, and a few humans, to grow 8 acres of vegetables, fruit, and herbs in Walla Walla Valley. They are a values-driven farm that aim to grow high quality, nutrient dense, colorfully diverse produce, available year-round.

 

Sauk FarmGriffin Berger
Sauk Farm
Sauk Farm is a family farm in Concrete, Washington, specializing in the production of organic apples, grapes, peaches, and plums. 12 acres of mixed trees and vines are currently in production with more added every year. Sauk Farm also produces a variety of value-added products included apple cider, grape juice, dried fruit, and fruit powders. The farm is managed by Griffin Berger, a Graduate of WSU with a degree in Integrated Plant Sciences.

 

Apple Otte

Apple Otte
River Valley Organics
River Valley Organics located in Tonasket, Washington, is certified organic and is run by family as well as local people who help with daily operations. They pack and sell their own fruit, working directly with retailers, wholesalers, and CSAs.

 

jason salvoJason Salvo
Local Roots Farm
Local Roots is a family-run vegetable farm in the Snoqualmie river valley, about 20 miles outside of Seattle. Local Roots strictly follows Organic growing practices and emphasizes farmworker quality of life, community-building, new farmer training, and holistic environmental stewardship.

How to Participate

Submit your application here (priority deadline is October 31).

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

Join our information session on October 13th from 1-2pm to learn more.

FAQs

What can my personal business coach help me with?
  • Identifying new growth opportunities
  • Managing business profitability
  • Developing new marketing strategies
  • 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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