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"From the Director's Chair" is an e-newsletter published every three to four weeks highlighting program happenings and staff updates from Purdue Extension-Marion County. Let us know if you want to be added to the distribution list!
Purdue Extension - Marion County will be providing a hands-on training for anyone who works with youth in a garden. Activities, Basic Gardening, Curriculum, and more are some of the things that will be covered.
Beginning Farmer Tour
Join us Thursday, May 26, in Indianapolis for a lunch and tour program to support beginning farmers and new urban farmers. The lunch discussion will focus on key farm tools for small, intensively managed acres while touring this urban farm that produces fresh, healthy foods using organic practices. Lunch will be followed by a tour of a thriving urban farm, South Circle Farm, led by farm owner Amy Matthews.
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Purdue Extension - Marion County is offering a new program to support beginning urban farmers, the Purdue Urban Farm Incubator.
Money
Money Smart for Small Business provides a practical introduction to the everyday tasks of starting and managing a business. Developed jointly by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Three modules will be taught in January 2016.
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On Wednesday, Feb. 4, four urban farmers and I traveled down to Lexington, Ky. to learn from Canadian market gardener Jean-Martin Fortier who averages $100,000 of revenue per acre. Read this post relaying the workshop's top tips.
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Purdue Extension is hosting 21 forums statewide to solicit productive feedback from the people of Indiana and incorporate it into the Purdue College of Agriculture's formation of a new five-year strategic plan. You are invited to attend the Marion County Forum on Thursday, February 12 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. here in Discovery Hall.

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