Exploring the Small Farm Dream in New Jersey and Beyond
Thinking of starting a small farm? The Exploring the Small Farm Dream class might be one way to figure out where to start, and whether you really should start.
According to a New Jersey-based news source, the class is being offered on four Monday evenings beginning November 4 at the new Duke Farms Orientation Center, 1112 Duke Parkway West, Hillsborough, New Jersey. The class was developed by the New England Small Farm Institute (NESFI) and is being offered in collaboration with the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey (NOFA-NJ). The course costs $300 for NOFA-NJ members, $350 for non-members.
Excerpt: If you are thinking about starting a small farm enterprise, but are unsure where to start, this course is for you! For career changers looking to the next frontier, for farm apprentices considering their own start-up business, or for a hobbyist looking to become profitable, the Explorer class is intended to bridge the gap between ideas and action.
The goal of this course is to help aspiring farmers learn what it will require to start and to manage their own profitable farm enterprise, and to determine if this is a path they really want to or can take.
If you do not live in New Jersey, but this class is interesting to you, inquire with your local cooperative extension agent whether a class like this is available near you. You can also contact NESFI, or buy the Exploring the Small Farm Dream workbook from their bookstore.