Combining informed decision-making with sound business management practices is central to all of WAgN's offerings. Generally, our educational opportunities fall into three categories: courses, workshops, and learning circles.
Classes and Courses are usually more than four hours long and are scheduled over a period of several weeks. Topics are usually broader and address business planning and feasibility. We offer courses in both traditional classroom settings and in online formats. Our face-to-face classes are offered at locations around the state. Courses we offer regularly include Growing Places and Taking Stock. Most of our courses feature farmers, lenders, and other specialists as guest speakers.
Workshops are usually 4 hours or less and take place in a single day. They tend to focus on a specific skill and we try very hard to make them as hands' on as possible. Very often workshops take place on farms and feature farmers as co-presenters. Sometimes workshop topics are addressed online.
Learning circles are more casual and generally take the form of a small group discussion around a particular topic of interest such as packaging and labeling, or time management, or organizing your home office. Depending on the topic there may be a guest speaker to help guide the discussion. If you have ideas for topics or would like to explore starting a learning circle in your area contact WAgN for tips on getting started.