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For Immediate Release 

June 5, 2014 

Whether they are families wanting to live off their land, older folks looking for retirement income, or veterans looking for peace and quiet, people around the country are starting their own small farms. Such is the popularity of starting farms with small acreage that Purdue Extension now hosts the annual Small Farms Conference every winter near Danville, IN. Interest in small farms is no different here in Southern Indiana, with people in Clark, Scott, Washington and Floyd Counties all asking how they can start living on the land, too. Extension will help answer those questions with a New Farmer Program at 6:30PM on Monday, June 16. The event will be held in the Food Stand at the Clark Co. 4-H Fairgrounds, 9608 Hwy 62, Charlestown.

“Last year Extension in Scott and Washington counties hosted a new farmer callout that drew 47 people,” said Clark County Extension Educator Dave Hynes. “We want to build on that interest and give the public the information they need to start their own farming journey.”

The evening will touch on topics like business structure, marketing, selecting land and managing the soil, and selecting a production system, among others. Cost to attend is $10 per person, and anyone wanting to know how to start a farming business is welcome to attend. Participants are encouraged to pre-register by calling the Clark Co. Extension office at (812) 256-4591.

If you need more information about the event, contact Extension Educator Dave Hynes at (812) 256-4591 or emaildhynes@purdue.edu. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, prior to the meeting, contact Dave at the office or call (888) EXT-INFO.