• 15Mar

    Exploring the Small Farm Dream: Are you considering launching a small-farm  enterprise, but not sure where to start? This course is for you!

    When and Where: April 11, 18, and 25 and May 2, 2012; 6:15—9:15 PM; Lehigh County Agricultural Center, 4184 Dorney Park Road, Room 104 Allentown, Pennsylvania,  18104

    Course Schedule: Session I: Expressing Farm Dreams and Evaluating Goals; Session II: Researching the Landscape, Assessing Resources and Risk; Session III: Decision-Making and Identifying the Next Steps; Session IV: Putting it All Together

    Exploring the Small Farm Dream is a course for people who are thinking about starting a farm.  Presented by Penn State Extension, the course helps aspiring farmers learn what it would take to start and manage their own agricultural enterprises, and decide whether this the right path for them.

    The Explorer course takes a learner-centered approach to exploring agriculture as a career.  As a participant in the course, you will be guided through an in depth self-assessment process, designed to help you identify the specific aptitudes, interests, skills and resources that you can bring to your new farm business.  You will receive support through the process of researching opportunities in agriculture.  And you will meet other serious gardeners, livestock enthusiasts, and entrepreneurs who are also asking themselves, “is farming right for me?”

    If you dream of starting a farm but are not sure where to start, Exploring the Small Farm Dream is the ideal learning and networking opportunity for you!

    Registration deadline: March 26th

    For more information, info about other locations, and to register: visit extension.psu.edu/start-farming or contact your local course facilitator Tianna tdupont@psu.edu (610) 746-1970.

    To find out about other beginning farmer training programs visit:

  • 13Mar

    Newforest Instititure presents their 2012 Permaculture Design Certificate Course in Maine

    Permaculture Garden PictureDesign for True Resilience in Maine; Course Includes: Edible Landscapes & Food Forests; Energy-Efficiency & Green Building; Food Preservation & Storage; City/ Suburbs/Rural Applications; Hands-On Projects & Design Practica; and more…

    When: June 23 – July 1 and August 26 – September 2, 2012

    This in-depth, comprehensive course takes place over two week-long sessions allowing students to experience permaculture in practice over a whole season.  Tuition includes accommodations & delicious, home-cooked meals straight from the garden.  Students will create their own permaculture designs and graduate as certified permaculture designers.

    Permaculture: (n)  a set of skills & techniques for creating sustainable human environments. Offers positive solutions to the problems facing the world by using ecology as the basis of designing interconnected systems for food production, housing, technology & community.

    When:Unique split-week course, Saturday June 23-Sunday, July 1 & Sunday August 26- Sunday September 2to enjoy the bounty of our garden harvest during early & late summer
    Where:Newforest Institute, 66 Monroe Highway in Brooks, Maine  and field trips to nearby permaculture demonstration sites including home-scale forest gardens & school gardens.
    Cost:$1,350 includes all course sessions, handouts, lunches & refreshments, field trips, guest speakers & certification.$250 deposit required to hold your spot (space is limited to 18).   $100 discount for early registration by April 22.
    Who:Charles & Julia Yelton, of Humastacia Permaculture Gardens in Sicily. Formerly of Crystal Waters Permaculture Village in Queensland, Australia, the Yeltons have traveled & lectured throughout the world for the last 17 years.

    Register today! Contact Newforest at 207-722-3625, info@newforestinstitute.org

    To learn more about permaculture and other organizations that promote and teach it, visit: http://www.beginningfarmers.org/permaculture-resources/

  • 03Jan

    Eight Day Permaculture Design Certificate Course at Solid Ground Farm in Athens, Ohio
    Join Wayne Weismen and the Permaculture Project for a weeklong ecological design immersion       Sunday March 18 – Sunday March 25, 2012

    Solid Ground FarmExplore the concepts, theories, and practice of Permaculture design.  Experience Permaculture applied directly to the Midwest, as you live and learn with practicing ecological designers on Solid Ground Farm.   Discover the interrelations of natural building, sustainable agriculture, biomimicry,  broad-scale site design, local economies, local ecosystems, earthworks and waterways.  Sure to be an exciting week of on-site projects, lectures, special guest teachers, site walks around the area, and fun nightly activities from African drumming lessons, to Capoeira and yoga classes.  Come join the fun.

    Cost:  $800-1000 (sliding scale) base fee includes space for onsite camping, three meals a day, textbook and access to online resources, and a certificate from The Permaculture Project, LLC.  For offsite accommodations please  contact us.  Pre-registration required. Register by sending a check written out to RAW (along with your name, address, phone number and email) to Solid Ground Farm, 13262 Liars Corner Rd, Millfield, Ohio  45761.  For more information, contact Weston Lombard at 740-856-6299 or westonlombard@gmail.com or visit http://www.solidgroundfarm.com.  Space is limited.

  • 12Dec

     The New Entry Sustainable Farming Project will be offering two versions of its flagship Farm Business Planning Course this winter (2012):

    Learn to develop and plan for your farm business in either a classroom or a web-based learning environment! The course will cover all aspects of planning for the long-term financial success of your farm business, including how to:

    • Select farm enterprises, and develop a business plan and enterprise budgets;
    • Identify and research the markets in your area, and how to promote your farm products;
    • Find and evaluate the materials, equipment, and additional information and resources you will need as a farmer; and
    • Develop a crop or livestock production plan and schedule that follows your marketing and business plan

    Option 1: Classroom-Based Farm Business Planning Course
    Dates: January 10th through February 21st, Tuesday evenings 6-9pm
    Location: Middlesex Community College in Lowell, MA
    Course fee: $400 (scholarships available)

    For more information and to apply, please visit http://nesfp.nutrition.tufts.edu/training/farmbusiness.html. Questions? Email sanderson@comteam.org or call 978-654-6745.

    Option 2: Online Farm Business Planning Course
    Dates: January 8th through March 4th
    Flexible schedule and location with 2 mandatory classroom sessions on the first and last days of the course in downtown Boston
    Course fee: $500 (scholarships available)

    For more information and to apply, please visit http://nesfp.nutrition.tufts.edu/training/distancelearn.html. Questions? Email maura.beaufait@tufts.edu or call 978-654-6745. Read more »

  • 12Dec

    Michael Fields Agricultural Institute is offering a CSA Farm Planning Course this winter (2012) in Wisconsin. Spend this winter creating or improving your CSA program from the ground up!  This Course is designed for:

    • Those looking to expand their farms to incorporate a CSA enterprise
    • Those running CSAs, but who want to step back and create better plans
    • Those wanting new ways to plan, market, execute, document and evaluate their enterprise
    • Those looking to network with and learn from other growers

    The CSA Planning Course assumes that participants have vegetable growing experience and a general knowledge of the CSA concept.  It is open and valuable to both those contemplating a CSA and those who have started a CSA program but would like to learn new planning and decision-making tools.

    Course Dates
    Friday and Saturday, January 20th & 21st 2012 8:30am-5pm
    Friday and Saturday, January 27th & 28th 2012 8:30am-5pm

    Cost The full cost of this course (4 days) is $350. Through generous funding from the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, scholarships for up to $175 are available. Register online at www.michaelfields.org.

    Location Michael Fields Agricultural Institute W2493 County Rd. ES, East Troy, WI 53120 Read more »

  • 29Nov

    Farm Business Planning Course being offered in New York State (Ithaca), Jan-April 2012

    Format: 8 classes, every other Thursday evening, January 5 – April 12, 2012

    Dates:  January 5 and 19, February 2 and 16, March 1, 15, and 29, and April 12;  6:00 – 9:00 PM

    Cost:  Sliding scale, $80 – $300

    Application required:  Visit www.groundswellcenter.org for online application or apply online now For more information: info@groundswellcenter.org

    In collaboration with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County and Alternatives Federal Credit Union’s Business CENTS Program, the Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming in Ithaca will be offering an intensive Farm Business Planning Course this winter. The class will cover all major aspects of the farm business start-up process including assessing your land, infrastructure and equipment needs; legal and regulatory issues; production planning; marketing; financial feasibility, budgets and record keeping; and more.

    The course is designed for those who:

    • Have at least a year of hands-on experience in farming, OR have completed Groundswell’s New Farmer Training Program, and…
    • Expect to get their farm enterprise off the ground within three years, OR are in the early stages of a farm business and need help, and…
    • Have a clear idea of the kind of farm enterprise they would like to operate, and…
    • Can fully commit to an intensive fourteen-week course with substantial outside research and homework.

    The class will run for fourteen weeks, meeting every other Thursday evening from 6-9pm from January 5 through April 12. Instructors are Monika Roth, Agriculture Program Leader and Matt LeRoux, Agriculture Marketing Specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County; and Leslie Ackerman, Director of the Business CENTS Program of Alternatives Federal Credit Union, along with area farmers whose stories illustrate the benefits of business planning and financial management skills.

    “This is a rigorous course for the serious farming entrepreneur,” says Joanna Green, Director of the Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming. “We are really pleased to be working with Monika, Matt and Leslie. They’re skilled teachers with a lot of practical knowledge to offer.” Read more »

  • 08Sep

    The New Entry Sustainable Farming Project will be offering two versions of its flagship Farm Business Planning Course this fall (2011):

    Learn to develop and plan for your farm business in either a classroom or an online learning environment! The course will cover all aspects of planning for the long-term financial success of your farm business, including how to: Select farm enterprises, and develop a business plan and enterprise budgets; Identify and research the markets in your area, and how to promote your farm products; Find and evaluate the materials, equipment, and additional information and resources you will need as a farmer; and Develop a crop or livestock production plan and schedule that follows your marketing and business plan.

    Option 1: Classroom-Based Farm Business Planning Course – Dates: October 11th through November 29th, Tuesday evenings 6-9pm; Location: Middlesex Community College in Lowell, MA
    Course fee: $400 (scholarships available). For more information and to apply, please visit http://nesfp.nutrition.tufts.edu/training/farmbusiness.html. Questions? Email sanderson@comteam.org or call 978-654-6745.

    Option 2: Online Farm Business Planning Course – Dates: October 1st through December 3rd; Flexible schedule and location with 2 mandatory classroom sessions on the first and last days of the course in downtown Boston Course fee: $500 (scholarships available). For more information and to apply, please visit http://nesfp.nutrition.tufts.edu/training/distancelearn.html. Questions? Email maura.beaufait@tufts.edu or call 978-654-6745.

  • 01Sep

    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 caroline@hawthornevalleyfarm.org.

  • 29Apr

    12th Annual International Agroecology Shortcourse in Santa Cruz, CA

    Agroecology and the Transformation of Food Systems: The California Model *July 10-22, 2011 *

    Please Apply Now!

    You are invited to attend this year’s course, Agroecology and the Transformation of Food Systems: The California Model. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the transformation of food systems to the agroecological model from field to table, utilizing California food systems as a working case study of challenges and successes. California is a place where most investment in agriculture has centered on increased production as the main priority, and where local food systems, urban access to healthy food, and labor, water, and poverty issues are often considered to be secondary. At the same time, the state is also home to an incredibly diverse and vibrant sustainable food movement, full of people seeking to change how food is produced and consumed. The course will bring together the various components of the California food system to mobilize its transformation to an inclusive system that addresses multiple needs and goals. We will also learn from similar models of change from around the world.

    Apply soon before the course fills up – applications are being accepted on a rolling basis. Cost to participate is $2250; the course fee is comprehensive and covers all tuition, lecture materials, accommodations, three meals per day, field trips and administrative fees. View the Shortcourse Flyer at http://www.agroecology.org/Shortcourse.html. For more course information please contact Heather Putnam at shortcourse2011@canunite.org

  • 24Apr

    An 8-Day Permaculture Design Certification (PDC) Course will take place May 14 – 21, 2011 at Blueberry Hill Farm in central OhioPermaculture Beekeeping

    Permaculture educators Wayne Weiseman of The Permaculture Project and Bill Wilson of Midwest Permaculture will present a variety of subjects including:

    •      Observation / Patterns; Principles / Ethics; Soil / Plants / Trees; Guilds / Polycultures; Water / Earthworks; Climate / Microclimate

    Students will learn permaculture design principles suited for:

    •      Urban & Suburban; Small Farm Strategies; Large Farm Possibilities

    Topics to include:

    •      Garden Management; Eco Building; Planning a Homestead; Aquaculture; Biofuels; Economics; Sustainable Living

    Permaculture Design CourseThis eight day course includes pre-course online webinars, detailed handouts, course text and onsite hands-on practicum and instruction. Camping & meals are included.* The course cost is $1200.00 for eight days and your time commitment to study the pre-course materials.

    For more information and registration, please go online to www.blueberryhillfamilyfarms.com. TO REGISTER BY MAIL, please use the form below. For more  information, please call 330.351.1886.

    *Local lodging is available at your own expense. Special dietary needs will be addressed if you let us know in advance.

     

    8-Day Permaculture Design Certification (PDC) Course Mail-In Registration Form May 14 – 21, 2011 at Blueberry Hill Family Farms

    Name:_________________________________________________________________________

    Address:_______________________________________________________________________

    City:________________________________    State:_________  Zip:______________________

    Phone Number:____________________  Email:_______________________________________

    Please make check for $1200.00 payable to Mustard Seed Market & Café and mail, along with this completed form, to Mustard Seed Market & Café, Attn: Adria Owens, 6025 Kruse Drive, Solon, OH 44139.

    Payment and completed form must be received no later than Monday, May 2, 2011.

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