CSA Conference in Wisconsin, January 2013

We're proud to be sponsors of the Midwest CSA conference in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, January 10th & 11th. This is the only conference that I know of to focus specifically on CSA and I'm excited to be a part of it!

If you are going to there, be sure to stop by our table and say hi!

There is a great line-up of topics:

  • Is CSA Right for Me? Things to Consider for Starting a CSA.
  • Production Basics for Beginners - Key systems that CSA farmers have in place to ensure production.
  • Filling your box: Figuring out how to plan, provide and price a full season of CSA shares.
  • Pick-up Site Logistics - Lessons from on-farm, farmer's market, workplace, and neighborhood pickup sites.
  • Planting to packing - On-farm logistics, efficiencies, tricks, and equipment to get the work done and the boxes filled.
  • What's in your box: A moderated round-table discussion of farmers of various sizes about what and how much and how often some common items are in their boxes.
  • Mulch systems and weed control for CSA farms.
  • Member involvement-Best practices from farm events, field days, and celebrations.
  • Incorporating low-income members in your CSA farm - Recipes for success.
  • Communicating with members, Websites, newsletters, social media, and blogs.
  • Guerilla Marketing your CSA business.
  • Measuring the financial success of your CSA I: What indicators should you measure to understand if your CSA's is heading toward the point of profitability? 
  • Measuring the financial success of your CSA II - Diversification of your CSA and the CSA model.
  • Legalities for CSA farms: Liability, employment and taxes.
  • Strategies for Sustainable Growth of your CSA: Rightsizing your CSA farm.

Hope to see some of you there!

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