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Colleagues and Friends,

Below you'll find a news release about Growing 
Places, a course specifically designed for people 
considering starting or expanding an 
agriculturally based business. The early 
registration deadline (and discount) is August 29 
for the in-person class that starts Sept. 23. The 
registration form is attached.

Please help us spread the word!

Apologies for Cross-Postings,

Beth & Mary

For Immediate Release

Contact:          Beth Holtzman
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Women’s Agricultural Network Course Helps Ag Entrepreneurs Plan for Success
BERLIN, VT – This fall, the University of Vermont 
Extension Women’s Agricultural Network will offer 
in-person and on-line sessions of Growing Places, 
a non-credit course for people interested in 
starting or expanding an agricultural business. 
The in-person course will start September 23 in 
Berlin. The on-line course will start the week of October 13.

No prior experience is necessary, and people 
interested in all types of farm enterprises are 
welcome. “Growing Places is designed to help ag 
entrepreneurs get off to the right start in 
business planning and development,” says WAgN Coordinator Beth Holtzman.

Whether in person or on-line, Growing Places 
offers the same curriculum. Participants develop 
goals for themselves and their businesses, become 
more familiar with financing options, identify 
and evaluate available resources, examine 
marketing strategies, and learn about agencies 
and organizations that provide support and assistance to farmers.

  “The course covered a lot of topics at a 
reasonable depth, giving us concrete information 
as well as a lot of food for thought,” said a 
recent Growing Places graduate. “Now I feel much 
more confident about what I need to do next and 
how I should operate my business.”

Since 1995, more than 280 people have completed 
Growing Places. WAgN piloted the on-line version 
in early 2006 and found that the course 
translates well to the on-line environment. 
People for whom travel time, family and work 
commitments make participation in an in-person 
class difficult, may find the on-line course a 
good option. Individuals with slower Internet 
connections, who prefer “live” interaction, or 
who are less comfortable with written 
communication may prefer the classroom setting.

Growing Places is open to anyone. Registration is 
on a first-come, first-served basis.

The two fall 2008 course schedules are: Berlin on 
six Tuesday evenings beginning Sept. 23; and 
online beginning the week of October 13. Tuition 
is $125, but there is a $25 discount for people 
who register by the early bird deadline. The 
discount registration deadlines are: Aug. 29 for 
the Berlin class and September 23 for the 
Middelbury Class. The regular registration 
deadlines are September 12 for the Berlin class 
and Sept. 27 for the online class.

Additionally, limited scholarship assistance is 
available to qualified individuals. For more 
information and to obtain registration materials, 
visit WAgN’s website at 
<> Or, 
contact WAgN Outreach Coordinator Beth Holtzman 
at 802-223-2389 or toll-free in Vermont at 866-860-1382.

Growing Places is offered by the Women’s 
Agricultural Network (WAgN) a program of 
University of Vermont Extension supported by the 
Outreach and Assistance for Socially 
Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Competitive 
Grants Program of the Cooperative State Research, 
Education and Extension Service, USDA and the USDA Risk Management Agency.

UVM Extension and USDA, cooperating, offer 
education and employment to everyone without 
regard to race, color, national origin, religion, 
age, disability, political beliefs, sexual 
orientation and marital or familial status.

Beth Holtzman
Women's Agricultural Network

617 Comstock Rd.
Berlin, VT 05602

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802-223-2389 ext. 15

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Beth Holtzman
Women's Agricultural Network

617 Comstock Rd.
Berlin, VT 05602

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802-223-2389 ext. 15