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
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 »