The Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship and SUNY Cobleskill will present its annual Business Planning Workshop series for farm and food business entrepreneurs from Jan. 25 through March 7.

According to a media release, the workshop series is intended to assist agribusinesses with their business needs from instruction on developing business plans to securing loans and grants, polishing their marketing and branding, identifying and securing new markets, developing and piloting new value-added product lines and supporting farmers, especially dairy farmers, to consider growing new products like grains where there’s a high market demand.

CADE says in the release that it has been working with entrepreneurs to build stronger, more viable farm businesses for nearly 30 years. SUNY Cobleskill, considered to be one of the leading agricultural colleges in the Northeast, is the home of new farm and food business incubation facilities including commercial kitchens and licensed dairy and meat processing facilities. 

The Farm and Food Business Incubator is a partnership between CADE and SUNY Cobleskill launched in 2016 and is a New York State certified business incubator designated by Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation known as NYSTAR.

The workshop series will include three consecutive Saturday morning sessions and a final workshop.

They include Jan 25,  Introduction; Feb. 1, Operations; Feb. 8, Marketing and March 14;  Putting it all together, including cash flow projections.

There will also be two Saturday workshops for entrepreneurs interested in developing a value-added business on Feb. 22 for product development, rules and regulations and marketing for value-added products; and March 7, for value-added grains as an alternative enterprise

Each workshop sessions will be facilitated by CADE staff and specialist presenters. The workshops will bee interactive, hands-on and built around real-world examples and case studies. Participants are encouraged to bring and share examples and questions from their own experiences and plans.

There is no charge for any of the workshops in the series, but preregistration is required. Except where noted, the workshops will be held at CADE’s Oneonta office location at 189 Main St. in Oneonta.

CADE encourages attendance at all events in the series, but participants may choose only those that are of special interest to them. Participants who attend all four of the Business Planning workshops will be eligible to receive a Farm and Food Business Incubator certificate.

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CHERRY VALLEY — Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School on County Route 54 in Cherry Valley has announced its continuing education class schedule for winter/spring 2020. 

Karate classes began on Monday, Jan. 6, and will continue in six-week blocks on Mondays and Fridays until June. Several levels of karate are available with instructor Brian Cox. Fees range from $23 to $38 for a six-week block.

On Monday, Jan. 13, Pound classes resumed at 7 p.m. A 45-minute workout is led by instructor Michelle Fritts. The fee for five sessions is $35 or $8 a session for walk-ins.

Yoga classes with Bonnie Fayssoux started on Tuesday, Jan. 14, and will continue through June. The one hour classes begins at 5:45 p.m. The class is described as restful, calming, with gentle flowing movements, passive and supportive poses. The fee is $36 for six sessions or $8 for a walk-in student.

Create with Cricut class will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan 25, or Monday, Jan 27. Students will receive support as they create a variety of seasonal projects from different materials (paper, fabric, faux leather, vinyl and iron-on vinyl). The fee for the four-hour class is $30.

Anna Halkowich will instruct a class in acrylic painting. At 6 p.m Jan. 29, birds and a birdfeeder will be the theme and on Feb. 26 it will be winter scene with skiers. The fee for each class is $25. All materials are included.

Basket weaving with Susan Hardy will be held on Feb. 5 and/or Feb. 12. Students may attend either the daytime class from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and/or the evening class from 5:45 to 8:45 p.m. Basket choices include a handy basket, a round 10-inch by 20-inch basket with built in handles which will take two classes for a fee of $65. A tissue basket will be $35 for one class and a multipurpose basket will be $35 for one class and a small heart-shaped basket will be $35 for one class.

Pasta Making for the Family will be presented at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27. Students will learn how to make homemade pasta and a variety of simple sauces with instructor Melissa Davidson. The fee per person is $20. Students in fourth grade and older may enroll if accompanied by an adult.

An American Heart Association CPR/AED Course will be offered by instructor Aaron VanBuren, beginning at 6 p.m. March 3. The cost of the class is $20. Registration is required in advance. No walk-ins will be accommodated.

Learn to etch glass will be with instructor PJ Johnson at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 4. Students will learn to etch on a variety of glass surfaces.

Participants will each go home with three finished projects. The fee is $30 and all materials are included.

Certified soapmaker Maria Gelnett will present a beginner and advanced natural soapmaking class from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 14. Students will create their own old-fashioned, cold-processed healing bar soap and go home with 30 bars of colored, herbed and scented soap. The cost is $55 for beginners and $65 for advanced participants. Students will need to provide some materials. 

Coaches in need of the required NYSED First Aid for New Coaches Course may join Les Bush from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Saturday, March 7 and March 14. Students have the option of attending both Saturdays for the full course  for $60, or one Saturday to become recertified for three years for $30.

The Alzheimer’s Association, Coutlee Law Office and the Office of the Aging will offer the following free informational classes. Understanding & Responding to Dementia Relayed Behavior at 10:30 a.m. March 10; Understanding Estate & Elder Law Planning at 10 a.m. April 18, and Office of the Aging: An Overview of Services & Programs at 10 a.m. April 23. Registration is required.

Instructor Jordan Rhodes, will teach a five-hour pre-licensing class from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 18. Students must bring their learner’s permit with them and be registered in advance. The fee is $30.

An AARP Smart Driver Course will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 18. Defensive driving techniques, proven safety strategies and new traffic laws and rules of the road will be covered with instructor Kathleen Schofield. The cost is $20 for AARP members or $25. Participants must register in advance. No walk-ins will be accommodated.

Dance and acrobatics with Erin Wilday, pickleball with Michelle Johnson and aikido with instructors Linda and Brian Cox are also being offered. Call for dates, times and fees or check online.

Visit or call 607-264-3265, ext. 518, for more information and to register. Callers should state their name, phone number and class of interest. 

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