Farm Beginnings Class Schedule

The 2021-2022 Farm Beginnings course will take place online, starting in December. Check our Farm Beginnings class description page for more information about the online format for this year's class.

Course Textbook: Whole Farm Management: From Start-up to Sustainability, edited by Garry Stephenson, 2019, Storey Publishing

DATE

SESSION

Tuesday

Dec 7th,

6-8:30PM

Session 1: Introduction to Whole Farm Planning and Goal Setting

Chapter 1: Dream It – Strategic Planning

Tuesday

Dec 14th, 6-8:30PM

Session 2: Assessing your Resources: What do you have and what do you need

Chapter 2: Do It - Farm Infrastructure, Labor, and Energy

WINTER BREAK

Tuesday

Jan 4th,

6-8:30PM

Session 3: Beginning Farmer Panel, Soil Health & Regenerative Practices

Chapter 5: Grow It – Managing the Whole Farm Ecosystem

Tuesday

Jan 11th, 6-8:30PM

Session 4: Marketing your farm products & services

Chapter 3: Sell It – Markets & Marketing

Tuesday

Jan 18th, 6-8:30PM

Session 5: Financial Planning with a Holistic Lens - Personal, Household & Farm

Chapter 4: Business Management for the Farm

Tuesday

Jan 25th, 6-8:30PM

Session 6: Financial Planning with a Holistic Lens – Start-up costs & enterprise budgets

Chapter 4: Business Management for the Farm

Tuesday

Feb 1st,

6-8:30PM

Session 7: Risk Management - Legal Structure, Record Keeping & Insurance

Chapter 6: Keep it – Entrepreneurship, Family Business Dynamics, and Managing Risk

Tuesday

Feb 8th,

6-8:30PM

Session 8 (Optional): Exploring Land Access Options

Tuesday

Feb 15th, 6-8:30PM

Session 9: Connecting with Local Resources (FSA & NRCS)

Tuesday

Feb 22nd, 6-8:30PM

Session 10: Participant Show & Tell

Tuesday

Mar 1st,

6-8:30PM

Session 11: Participant Show & Tell

For more information and application materials, visit www.farmbeginnings.org or contact: