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The Business of Farming for Wholesale

November 14, 2015 - November 15, 2015

When: November 14-15, 2015

Where: The Black Bear Inn, Orono, ME

About the workshop

This workshop is for experienced farmers who want to start or expand their wholesale markets.

Drawing on a panel of business and farming experts from around the state, as well as other growers who are willing to share their experiences, we’ll approach the issue of wholesaling from many different angles.

During The Business of Farming for Wholesale, you’ll have a chance to:

  • Learn how to use last year’s actual records to find your most (and least) profitable crops.
  • Meet some of the prominent wholesale buyers in the state.
  • Meet potential lenders
  • Make contact with potential distribution networks
  • Learn how and when to compile and read your farm’s financial reports

Keynote Speaker

Chris Blanchard, owner of the Purple Pitchfork farm consulting service and nationally renowned speaker on farm business planning, will teach a portion of the workshop on Saturday, and deliver the keynote speech.


This workshop is offered free to farmers who participated in the Harvesting Maine’s New Wholesale Opportunities workshops last winter.  Saturday night lodging at the Black Bear Inn, along with meals for both days, are also included for these farms.

Other farms may register with a $35 workshop fee if they have at least three years’ experience and expect at least $20,000 in gross sales in 2015. Meals, but not lodging, are included with this fee.

Got Questions?

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Registration is now closed. If you would like to be on the waitlist, or have questions, please feel free to contact Jed Beach at 207-370-9238 or by email:


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Black Bear Inn
4 Godfrey Dr
Orono, ME 04473 United States
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