Online Class Explores How to Start a Farm Business

Women in Agriculture March 01, 2017 Print Friendly and PDF

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Have you been nurturing an idea for a farm of your own? Now is the time to explore those dreams of growing herbs, owning a flock of goats, making cheese, or growing vegetables! New and established farmers can explore the possibilities and realities of owning or expanding an agricultural business in an online course scheduled for this winter. Growing Places, a course sponsored by the University of Vermont Women’s Agricultural Network and the eXtension Women in Agriculture Learning Network, helps individuals interested in starting a farm or ag-related business discover new ideas and decide on the best plan for success.

Growing Places provides an overview of issues associated with agricultural enterprises. Participants develop goals for themselves and their businesses, become more familiar with financing options, identify and evaluate available resources, examine marketing strategies, and explore agencies and organizations that provide support and assistance to farmers.

This winter, Growing Places will be offered for four weeks, beginning March 13, 2017.  Each week features a 45-minute interactive webinar designed to supplement the online materials. Can't make the live presentation? No problem, we will post the recording in the course website. The class features weekly assignments to help participants focus their ideas and explore the feasibility of their plans. For more detailed course description see our course outline.

Course registration is $150 but if you register before March 5, 2017 you will save $50. Registration fees include full access to the course materials, supplemental resources, and the weekly presentations. Limited scholarship assistance is available. For registration materials or more information, please contact either Mary Peabody or Beth Holtzman. Individuals requiring special accommodations or scholarship assistance to participate in the program should email Beth Holtzman

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