University of Vermont

Vermont New Farmer Project Vermont New Farmer Project

Classes: Building a Sustainable Business Online!

Upcoming Sessions

For start-ups to five years in business.
Register here.

Location: Online.
Dates: January 18-Feb. 12, 2016
Early registration deadline: Dec. 23, 2015; Cost: $95
Standard registration deadline: Jan. 10, 2016, Cost: $110
Registrations received after Jan.10, 2016 will be subject to a $50 late fee.

*NEW* Financial assistance for military veterans
Through a new partnership with a USDA-funded program at Sterling College, military veterans are eligible for scholarship to Building a Sustainable Business and will also be eligible for individual follow-up individual technical assistance.

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Mary Peabody at 802-476-2003 by December 23, 2015.

The Building a Sustainable Business course guides participants through developing a business plan for farms businesses. Open to people who have completed Growing Places or by instructor's permission for people who have at least one year's commercial farm operation experience and production/financial records of their own.

class working on business plans

Based on a business planning guide developed by the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (MISA) and co-published with the USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, this course will assist today's alternative and traditional business owners with the creation of a holistic business plan rooted firmly in personal, community, economic and environmental values. Review the Building A Sustainable Business course outline for more details about the content for each session.

Students will be asked to complete a simple marketing or preliminary business plan. This will be an asynchronous online course, which means you can work when it is convenient for you. You will have access to the instructor and your fellow participants though so you won't alone and there will be at least one live webinar featuring a guest speaker. This course requires a significant investment of time so consider whether you will be able to carve out 3-6 hours a week to work on your business plan/class assignments.

Scholarship and Financial Aid information: Financial aid is available for eligible individuals. As part of the registration process, you will be able to make a request for financial aid.

This session of Building A Sustainable Business is made possible in part by funding from the USDA Office of Outreach and Risk Management Agency.


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