Business Planning for a horticulture business with Kate Collyns

Sep 28, 2019 at 10:00 — 16:00 (BST)

Starting a sustainable horticultural business


Saturday 28th September, 10 - 4


Abbey Home Farm, Nr Cirencester


£19.50 for OGA members and £24 for non-members. Ticket prices include the booking fees.

What's Happening?

There is a wealth of knowledge available to new entrants in horticulture and farming about what to grow or different methods of growing; but the business side of starting up can be daunting and put off many would-be growers and business owners. During this intensive workshop, will be looking at all the fundamental aspects of getting started in your horticultural enterprise, including:

  •  Setting up as a legal entity
  •  Putting together a business plan
  • Tax, VAT & insurance
  • Certification,  health & safety
  • Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Employee & volunteers
  • Finding land & funding

We will also be running an inclusive discussion of the planned OGA mentorship scheme, asking participants for their views on what a scheme should cover, and registering interest for those who would be interested in having a mentor.

After a delicious organic vegan lunch, we will be given a guided tour of the Abbey Home Farm legendary market garden and veg fields by head grower Andy Dibben, with further opportunity for discussion, questions, networking and knowledge exchange.


9.30 Arrival, coffee and tea
10.00 Business planning for new entrants presentation & workshop
11.15 Coffee break
11.30 Business discussion
12.00 Mentoring discussion
12.30 Lunch
13.30 Farm walk with head grower Andy Dibben
15.30 Closing discussion & next steps
16.00 Event finish

About Kate Collyns

Kate Collyns started award-winning market garden Grown Green from scratch in 2011, and published Gardening For Profit in 2013 to help other new entrants to horticulture. She is chair of the Organic Growers Alliance and is keen to encourage new entrants to run businesses that are sustainable economically as well as environmentally.

About Organic Growers Alliance

The Organic Growers Alliance is a network of growers, farmers and horticulturalists. The OGA is place to exchange information and learn, it is an alliance that represents its members and it is a support network that draws strength from what members share.

The OGA brings together growers from across the UK, organises regular events including technical horticultural learning and produces a quarterly organic horticultural journal. Our website is a resource with technical articles written by experienced growers or researchers, and is as a platform for growers to communicate, sharing jobs, asking questions or relaying handy tips.

The OGA is a Community Interest Company run by an elected committee all of whom are volunteers. Membership is open to all actively engaged in commercial organic growing. Join the OGA today and be a part of our network!

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