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Applications are currently closed; thank you for all who applied. Please check back next year.

Are you a producer in operation for at least 2 years who would like to feel confident in your plan for the 2024 growing season? Winter is the perfect time to take a step back, re-evaluate business decisions, and organize your thoughts (and books!). At Business Impact NW, we are offering a way to use the “off-season” to create a clearer vision and a more strategic year ahead.

One of the most effective ways to do that is to surround yourself with a team of peers and professionals who can soundboard, guide, and offer ideas and resources. This kind of facilitated space is exactly what you’ll receive in our Root to Rise Farm Business Accelerator.

You'll be paired up with your own business coach, farm mentors, live and on-demand trainings, and 3 hours of professional accounting/bookkeeping support. These services will help to ground and organize your strategic plan for the coming season. In addition, the program will be delivered in a cohort model to encourage sharing of ideas and help you grow your network of like-minded growers.

To inquire about additional language support needs/options please email  or call 206-324-4330 x 145

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What You'll Get

  • 1:1 monthly business coaching sessions.*
  • Monthly Farm Mentor presentations*
  • 1:1 "Ask Anything" sessions with farm mentors
  • Guided access to on-demand courses and resources matching your business needs
  • Marketing plan support
  • 3 hours of professional bookkeeping and accounting services
  • A chance to connect with other growers across the PNW

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

Farm Mentors

Hayshaker FarmChandler Briggs
Hayshaker Farm

Hayshaker Farm uses the power of draft horses, and some people, to harvest 20 acres of vegetables, fruits and herbs in the Walla Walla Valley. It is a values-driven farm that seeks to harvest high-quality, nutrient-rich and 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. Currently, there are 12 acres of mixed trees and vines in production which is increasing each year. Sauk Farm also produces a variety of value-added products including apple cider, grape juice, dried fruit and powdered fruit. Griffin Berger is the farm manager and graduated from Washington State University (WSU) with a degree in Integrated Plant Sciences.

 

Alluvial FarmsKatie Pencke
Alluvial Farms

Alluvial Farms was established in 2015 and raises Animal Welfare Approved heritage pigs. They market pork, pet treats and oinkment skin care. Based in Everson, WA, the farm brings together community through farm visits and events. Through gatherings and outreach that emphasize transparency, ethical production standards, and connection, Alluvial Farms has created a loyal customer base.

Grayson Crane
Pink Moon Farm
Organic farm dedicated to sustainability, inclusion, quality, and community.

More info coming soon.

 

Lili Tova - Flying Coyote FarmLili Tova
Flying Coyote Farm

Flying Coyote is a 37-acre farm in Sandy, Oregon co-owned by Lili Tova and Dan Sullivan. Together with their team, they grow over 100 different varieties of Certified Organic fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers. They also raise pastured poultry and pigs, and are dedicated to farming in a way that focuses on soil, animal, and crop health.

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FAQs

What can my personal business coach help me with?
  • Identifying new growth opportunities
  • Financial forecasting and scenario planning
  • Developing new marketing strategies
  • Discovering additional learning opportunities
  • Connecting to community resources
  • Accessing general legal resources through Farm Commons
  • Serving as a no-judgment zone to bounce ideas off of
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