University of Vermont

Vermont New Farmer Project Vermont New Farmer Project

Classes: Building a Sustainable Business

Upcoming Sessions

Location: Classes will be offered in Berlin, VT, with the option to attend remotely via webinar.
Dates: Wednesdays, Dec. 3, 17, & Jan. 7, 21 2015 (snow date Jan. 28).
Time: 12:30-2 pm
Early registration deadline: Nov. 12, 2014; Cost: $110
Standard registration deadline: Nov. 26, 2014, Cost: $150
Registrations received after Nov. 26, 2014 will be subject to a $50 late fee.

For start-ups to five years in business.

Online registration form
For more information: Heidi Krantz

Building a Sustainable Business  is designed for individuals:

  • who have completed Growing Places and/or have one year of production/financial records of their own.

Building a Sustainable Business is designed to help participants:

  • develop a business plan rooted in personal, community, economic and environmental values
  • explore and evaluate a business concept
  • assess their readiness to move forward with business development

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. If you have not completed Growing Places, please email Heidi Krantz with your request.

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. As part of the course, each student will receive feedback from a UVM Extension Farm Viability consultant.

Classes will be offered in Berlin, VT, with the option to attend remotely via webinar technology.

Scholarship and Financial Aid information: Financial aid is available for eligible individuals. At the end of the registration form, you can make a request for financial aid.

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