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WCH: Local Food Business

at Chicago Botanic Garden - North Lawndale

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North Lawndale, West Side
3555 Ogden Ave
At S Drake Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60623
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 12

What you'll learn in this entrepreneurship course:

This course is intended for aspiring urban-agriculture entrepreneurs who are launching or planning to launch a local foods business. The course has been designed for those practicing sustainable urban agriculturalists who want to produce vegetable crops and agricultural products for sale in commercial markets. Course content has been developed in partnership with an M.B.A. team from DePaul University. 

Topics covered include:
  • Direct and indirect marketing of produce through channels such as co-ops, CSAs, restaurants, and other markets
  • Crop enterprise budgeting and accounting
  • Pricing and promotion in urban agriculture
  • Financing for small farms and food businesses
  • Land access and leases
  • Food-industry-specific business licensing issues
Students must commit to one local foods business model to create a business plan for the entire course. Guest speakers and activities designed to support the creation of a business plan will be incorporated into lessons. 

The final project is pitching a local foods business plan as well as submitting a completed written business plan.

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Refund Policy
Refund requests must be submitted to [email protected] prior to the program’s start date. The registration fee will be refunded less a 10 percent processing charge.

Fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable on and after the program’s start date. We cannot refund fees requested on or after the start date of a program or for sessions missed due to student illness or other personal situations.

Registration fees for courses grouped and priced as a series will be considered one program and subject to all of the above guidelines. A refund request must be received prior to the start date of the series' first class session and will subsequently cancel your registration in every session of the series. If you choose to re-register for other sessions in the series, the special discount does not apply.


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