Annie's Project

  • Colonial Oaks Park 5300 Colonial Oaks Blvd Sarasota, FL 34232 USA

Annie’s Project is designed to empower women in agriculture to manage information systems used in critical decision-making processes and to build local networks throughout the state. The target audience is women producers with a passion for agri-preneurship.

Transition Sarasota's Executive Director, Don Hall, will speak about grassroots investment strategies for local foodshed development as part of a Farm Finance Panel during the second session of the course.

$50. Presented by UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County. Please click here for more information, here to register, or here to download the course flier.


Course Schedule

Session One

Wednesday, June 17th, 5:30-9:00pm at Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Road in Sarasota

  • Course introduction
  • Participant introductions
  • Social style
  • Women and money

Session Two

Wednesday, June 24th, 6:00-9:30pm at Colonial Oaks Park, 5300 Colonial Oaks Park Boulevard in Sarasota

  • Whole farm planning and holistic management
  • Vision and mission statements and goals
  • Online farm business plan
  • How to fill out and interpret financial statements
  • Balance sheets, cash flow, income statements
  • Financial panel: Farm Credit, Local Ag Bank, Slow Money
  • Estate planning

Session Three

Wednesday, July 1st, 5:30-9:00pm at Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Road in Sarasota

  • Food safety
  • Direct marketing rules and regulations
  • Insurance panel: Private Crop Insurance. Farm Bureau, Agri-Lite Program
  • Production 
  • Farm liability

Session Four

Wednesday, July 8th, 5:30-9:00pm at Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Road in Sarasota

  • Types of production risk
  • Soil topics
  • Alternative enterprises/value-added panel
  • Production plans

Session Five

Wednesday, July 15th, 5:30-9:00pm at Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Road in Sarasota

  • Developing a marketing plan
  • Marketing strategies
  • SWOT analysis
  • How to sell to your customers

Session Six

Wednesday, July 22nd, 6:00-9:30pm at Colonial Oaks Park, 5300 Colonial Oaks Park Boulevard in Sarasota

  • Untitled property
  • Communicating about farm succession and retirement
  • Conservation options for private landowners in Florida
  • Succession panel: Farmland Trust, Conservation Trust for FL, estate attorney