Hi Urban Ag Enthusiasts,
A couple winter updates below.
Our *Annual Report for 2010* is now available on our website
http://columbiaurbanag.org/about/1CCUA_AnnReport2010_WEB.pdf, please read
over it and let us know what you think. The report includes a summary of
activities, some statistics and our 2010 budget with 2011 budget
*Help support CCUA with your membership!* Signing up for a year-long
membership keeps our educational programs up and running. Throughout the year you’ll
receive updates on our progress and invitations to our events. Membership fees are a minimum price, and you are encouraged to make an additional contribution. All contributions (including membership fees) are tax-deductible as allowed by law.
We are looking for *Spring Interns. *Positions are available for:
Agriculture, Public Relations, Advertising, and Photojournalism. Commitment
is two workdays at the farm per week in addition to special projects in your
field of study. For more information or to apply, contact Daniel Soetaert
*Lots of people have been asking, “When are you building the *barn?* I want
to help!”. I don’t have an answer for you now, the city has slapped some
permit fees on us and we’re going to have to discuss our plans and budgeting
in the December board meeting. We will let you know when we’re breaking
ground on the project.
Our *winter self-guided tour* is now available at the Demonstration Garden,
on the corner of St Joseph and Ash. Come check out what is poking up
through the straw this winter.
The *Great Plains Vegetable Growers Conference* will be January 6-8, 2011 at
Missouri Western State University in St Joseph. This is an excellent
conference with a wide range of topics for vegetable growers of all scales.
CCUA will be sending it’s coordinators to do some learning and networking
for the 2011 growing season. For more information visit:
Two of CCUA’s coordinators, Billy Polansky and Carrie Hargrove, have been
participating in the Entrepreneurship Project, a program under the
USDA’s *Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program*. The program took participants to area farms in St Louis, Kansas City, Columbia, and Sonoma, California. After a day of
farm tours, marketing strategies, financial management, and opportunity
recognition were discussed with the group. This program is designed to mold
aspiring farmers into savvy entrepreneurs. Last Friday, Carrie and Billy
Graduated the program and are ready to implement the strategies they learned
throughout the four modules. The next cohort is still accepting
applications to this free program. If you are interested in becoming a
successful farmer, I would highly recommend this program. More information
is available at http://muagentrepreneur.wordpress.com/
Keep warm and Happy New Year!
The Urban Farmers
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