Business Digest


August 30, 2004

Development panel offers manual on agriculture ventures

The Howard County Economic Development Authority has issued a 63-page manual for farmers or anyone interested in developing a Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, marketing venture.

The manual details the experience of four farm families who formed a limited liability partnership in 2002, Howard County Growers LLP, to create a CSA that met their marketing goals, satisfied their customers and was economically and environmentally sustainable.

The manual, Shares in Success - Developing a Successful CSA Subscription Service, describes business structure, marketing, allocation of crops among the growers and profitability. It also provides a step-by-step account of the process followed by the Howard County group.

The cost is $7 plus $2 for shipping and handling. Checks, made payable to the Howard County Economic Development Authority, should be sent to Howard County Economic Development Authority, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 500, Columbia, 21046.

Information: 410-313-6500 or howardcountygrowers@yahoo. com.

Vendors being sought for seniors expo in October

Vendors are invited to apply for exhibit space at the 50+ Expo 2004, sponsored by the Howard County Office on Aging. The event, a showcase of products and services targeted to senior citizens and their families, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 15 at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia.

Vendor fees vary by exhibitor category and placement. More than 125 vendors participated in last year's event, which attracted more than 5,000 visitors.

The expo includes a 50+ Cafe, traditional health fare, an alternative care fair and a free presentation by the political satire group The Capitol Steps. New this year is a demonstration of voting machines and an auction.

Information: Trisha Olsen, 410-313-6410 or 410-313-6406.

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