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It's The Ecology--Stupid!
Flamig Farm is one of the few remaining family owned and operating farms in Connecticut.  Its owner, Nevin Christensen, has for years dreamed of turning his farm into a teaching laboratory for students interested in the environment and protection of our natural resources.  Nevin holds a Masters Degree from the University of Connecticut in environmental sciences.

Mr. Christensen asked Robert DeSmith, a SCORE Chapter 56 Counselor, to assist him in obtaining  501(c) (3) nonprofit approval for his business in order to pursue his teaching dream.   Mr. DeSmith, a professional with experience in establishing nonprofit entities, agreed to outline the steps necessary to establish this new nonprofit corporation and facilitate the several planning meetings necessary to focus on the mission of the new entity.  Mr. DeSmith provided a step-by-step procedure to follow, starting with the selection of a planning committee made up of interested local citizens, developing a business plan and finally making necessary applications to federal and state agencies for achieving nonprofit status. 

Mr. Christensen commented that “while I have a good idea of what I want to accomplish, having an experienced counselor outline the detail steps needed to reach my ultimate goal is invaluable. I am impressed with the support provided to me by SCORE.  It’s a resource I plan to use in the future.”

Flamig Farm Conservation Center, Inc is expected to receive its nonprofit status approval by December of this year.

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Company Facts
Counselor DeSmith (L) and Flamig Farm Owner
Counselor DeSmith (L) & Owner Christensen
Company: Flamig Farm
Location: West Simsbury, CT
Website: farmernevin@earthlink.net
Best Advice to Someone Starting Out: Look before you leap.  Flying blind causes crashes.