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Exploring the Small Farm Dream

This course is designed to help you decide whether starting a farm business is right for you.

Upcoming Events

When: July 18, 2017 6:00 PM to August 8, 2017 9:00 PM
When: October 19, 2017, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Course Details

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?

The Exploring the Small Farm Dream course is designed to help you decide whether starting a farm business is right for you. This nine-hour (three evening sessions) course includes exploratory discussion, research tools, and self-assessment activities. By the end of the class you will decide on an action plan that works best for you and will have the tools and contacts to help you get started.

People Who Should Take This Class

  • 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

What to Expect

  • 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

Schedule

  • Session I: Self-Assessment and Researching the Farming Landscape
  • Session II: Assessing Resource and Risk
  • Session III: Decision-Making and Next Steps

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