Small farm college scheduled in Bowling Green

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BOWLING GREEN -- Are you a landowner with some acreage and wondering what to do with it? Are you interested in exploring the idea of a small farm or some type of agricultural enterprise? Have you considered a horticultural enterprise or a small farm business but you are not sure what is required? Have the thoughts of equipment, labor and management left you bewildered?

If you or someone you know answered "yes" to any of these questions, the Ohio State University Extension Northern Ohio Small Farm College may be just what you are looking for.

OSU Extension Wood County is offering a program targeted at the new and small farm or horticultural producer. The Northern Ohio Small Farm College is an eight-week program introducing new and seasoned growers and farmers to a wide variety of topics.

The program will educate participants how to set goals, plan and budget, manage financial records and where to find resources available for them if they choose to start a small farm or horticultural operation. Participants will be exposed to enterprises that can be profitable on small acreages and also learn the benefits and pitfalls so they will be able to choose what might work best for them.

Classes begin Monday, Oct. 1 and continue on consecutive Mondays through Nov. 19 from 6:30-9 p.m. Location will be the Ohio State University Wood County Extension office located at 639 S. Dunbridge Road, Bowling Green, Ohio. The cost of the course is $125 for the first family member and $25 for the second family member.

The class is limited to the first 20 registrations. For registration information, contact the Ohio State University Wood County Extension office at 419-354-9050 or on the web at http://wood.osu.edu.

Many program participants don't expect to make a living off the land but do want to recoup something, according to organizer Tony Nye. First-time growers and farmers enjoy living in the country and want their interaction with the land to be productive.

(Information courtesy of Ohio State University Extension.)

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