An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until December 18, 2019
An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Wednesday, repeating indefinitely
The Exploring the Small Farm Dream course is designed to help you decide whether starting a farm business is right for you.
Farmer’s market vendors, farm stands, and u-pick fruit and vegetable farms are all agricultural businesses that started somewhere. Are you thinking about starting a farm business, but not sure how to get started?
Wed., Dec. 4, 2019
Wed., Dec. 11, 2019
Wed., Dec. 18, 2019
(9:00 AM – 12:00 PM)
Who Should Attend?
People seeking a career change into food or farming
Hobbyists & lifestyle farmers considering developing an informal pastime into a business activity
Individuals newly retired or planning for retirement who are thinking about starting a farm business
Immigrants with agricultural experience who wish to start farming in the U.S.
Recent high school or college graduates exploring a career in agriculture
People inheriting a farm or taking over a farm from a family member
People who worked as a field hand or an apprentice on a farm and are planning their own farm
To Be Covered
Class discussions and activities based on the Exploring the Small Farm Dream workbook developed by the New England Small Farm Institute
Learn how to access agricultural resources for new and beginning farmers
Opportunities to connect with a local farm business owner, agricultural professionals, and others interested in new farm enterprises
Learn from qualified Penn State Extension Educators about business planning, risk management, and feasibility analysis
Session I: Self-Assessment and Researching the Farming Landscape
Session II: Assessing Resource and Risk
Session III: Decision-Making and Next Steps
$175 – Per Person
$225 – Two Farm Business Partners