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Participants in a whole farm planning class in Hartland, Vt., 2011.

Classes and Courses for Aspiring and Beginning Farmers

No matter what stage your farm business is in, UVM Extension offers classes to help you reach your full potential. Following are courses offered by the New Farmer Project and other UVM Extension programs that are specifically designed to meet the needs of aspiring and beginning farmers. Check our Calendar for a regional list of events— from field days and workshops to classes and webinars— that may be of interest but do not necessarily specifically target beginning farmers.

Not sure which one is the right class for you? Click on the links for each class to learn more about content.

Growing Places

For aspiring farmers and start-ups

Get your enterprise off to the right start. Participants define goals, explore and evaluate opportunities and resources, and become familiar with state and federal agriculture programs. Offered online and in person. Co-sponsored by the Women's Agricultural Network. More Growing Places course information and registration materials.

Upcoming Sessions:

Location: Online.
Dates: January 26, 2016-February 23, 2016
Early registration deadline: January 10; Cost: $95
Standard registration deadline: January 17, 2016: Cost: $110
Registrations received after Jan.17, 2016 will be subject to a $50 late fee.

Register here.

Building a Sustainable Business

For start-ups to five years in business

The Building a Sustainable Business course guides participants through developing a business plan for farm businesses. Most useful for people who have completed Growing Places and/or who have at least one year of production/financial records of their own. In 2016, this course will be offered online. More Building a Sustainable Business course information and registration materials.

Upcoming Sessions:

Location: Online.
Dates: January 18-Feb. 12
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.

Register here.

Holistic Whole Farm Planning for Beginning Farmers

For people with two to 10 years in business.

Next session to start in the Winter of 2016

Join other new farmers for support and camaraderie learning about whole farm planning. The course will be designed for multiple partipants from the same farm to attend and work together during the sessions. This course is a collaborative effort between UNH Cooperative Extension, University of Vermont Extension, and Holistic Management International. More Whole Farm Planning course information.

Introduction to Ag Financial Management

For all farmers interested in farm financial basics.

Through self-paced tutorials and individual consultations with UVM Extension farm business specialist, you will learn the basics of budgeting and skills to anticipate the financial needs of your operation. Offered online and at multiple locations in Vermont. More information.

Investing for Farm Families

For any farmer working to balance personal and business investments.

Learn to secure your farm’s future and protect your family’s legacy. This online class gives farm families the information they need to make strategic decisions while weaving together farm and personal investments. Developed by Extension educators across the nation, the 8-lesson course helps farm families plan for a financially stable future that meets long-term needs.

Upcoming Sessions:

Dates: March 1-31, 2016
Our partners at the eXtension Women in Agriculture Learning network are offering a special "facilitated learning" section of the course his winter. The materials will be exactly the same but the format will include facilitators that will be in the class with you offering insights, answering questions, and helping build a community within the online classroom. You can still do the work at your convenience but facilitators will be there to prompt, guide and encourage you along the way. There will also be some live webinars on topics of interest to farm women and ranchers that will take place during the course. More information.

Taking Stock

For people with five or more years in business.
Upcoming sessions:
To be announced

Taking Stock addresses issues that tend to arise in businesses that have been up and running for awhile and could benefit from a progress check. More Taking Stock course information.

Scholarships & Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available for qualified applicants, however all students are expected to contribute at least $25 towards the course fee. Requests for financial assistance can be made as part of registration. Be sure to select "scholarship request" in the payment section, and briefly explain why the course fee represents a financial hardship for you at this time. Then, please submit a $25 deposit via an online payment or by mail.

Deposits can be mailed to:

UVM Extension
attn: New Farmer Project Classes
617 Comstock Rd.
Berlin, VT 05602.

Financial assistance is offered on a rolling basis and available while funds last. Requests for financial assistance are reviewed and notifications sent within a week of their submission.


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