The Learning Center at Hawthorne Valley Farm is once again offering a whole farm planning course, beginning in October 2011, called Hudson Valley Farm Beginnings ®. This program will take place at Hawthorne Valley Farm in Ghent, New York (Columbia County, NY) and will include seven classroom sessions in on-farm goal setting, strategic and business planning, marketing, and financial management, for those interested in developing or expanding farming enterprises. Hudson Valley Farm Beginnings is farmer led and farmer taught so participants will gain access to many local and regional farmer-mentor colleagues during the classroom sessions and during four additional field days at local, sustainably managed farms. After completing a fully articulated and written business plan, participants will be able to have the plan reviewed by a farmer-mentor of their choosing. Hudson Valley Farm Beginnings is based on curricula developed by the Land Stewardship Project and Angelic Organic’s Learning Center, programs which have graduated over 500 farm entrepreneurs in past years. This course will bring apprentices, new farmers, current landowners and future farm entrepreneurs together to work toward making their agricultural dreams a reality. For information about this program, please access our website, http://hawthornevalleyfarm.org/farm-beginnings#whole-farm-planning-course. For questions, or to submit an application, please contact Caroline Smialek at 518-672-7500, x232, or firstname.lastname@example.org.