Farm Business Planning Course

farm business planning course

Groundswell Center Farm Business Planning Course in Ithaca New York 

9 week course, Tuesdays 6:00-9:00pm
Jan 9 – March 6, 2018
Just Be Cause Center, Ithaca, NY 14850
Fee: $90 – $350 Sliding Scale

Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming will once again be conducting a Farm Business Planning Course beginning in January 2018. This 9-session course is specifically for people in the early stages of developing an agricultural business.  Whether you are just launching your business or have been operating a few years and want to become more strategic in how you move forward, this course will help you expand and increase viability and social impacts. The course is taught by a team of farmer educators, social justice activists, and farm business instructors. Students consistently report that the greatest part of the course is the opportunity to work with farmers and course instructors to outline goals, develop strategies for achieving these goals and get feedback on business plans.

This farm business planning course covers:

  • The local farm and food sector including unmet needs, opportunities and niche markets.

  • Equity issues and justice in the food system including examples of realistic ways to approach these within the scope of your business model.

  • Experience from farm and food entrepreneurs about business startup and lessons learned.

  • Tools for business assessment, strategic planning, understanding liabilities and legalities.

  • Setting business goals and taking stock of resources and progress to date.

  • Accounting and financial planning concepts and tools

  • Develop a marketing plan and marketing channels.


Farming for Justice:
Tuesday, December 12, 5:30PM-7:00PM
Groundswell Center, 225 South Fulton Street, Ithaca NY*
Exploring Our Roots:
Saturday, December 9th, 2017, 10AM – 3:30PM Location TBD. Please bring a bag lunch!

Facilitated by Laura Arias (Youth Farm Project) & Kate Cardona (Groundswell) 

Cost: sliding scale $15 – $50, no one turned away for lack of funds



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