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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 topics covered.

Growing Places

For aspiring farmers and start-ups
In person Sessions: 5:30-8:30 pm October 2, 9, 16 & 23 in Berlin, VT
Online Session: January 12-Feb. 19 2015.

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. The in-person class will be offered at multiple locations in Vermont. Co-sponsored by the Women's Agricultural Network. More Growing Places course information and registration materials.

Building a Sustainable Business

For start-ups to five years in business
Next Session: December 2014-January 2015. More information coming in September 2014

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. Offered simultaenously at multiple locations in Vermont. More Building a Sustainable Business course information and registration materials.

Whole Farm Planning for Women Farmers

For people with two to 10 years in business.

Next session: Tuesdays, Jan. 6, 20, Feb. 3, 17, March 10, 24, April 7, 21, May 5, 19, 2015. (snow date Feb. 24) in Washington County.

Join other farming women for support and camaraderie learning about whole farm planning. Beginning women farmers in Vermont can learn more about whole farm planning in a program developed specifically for women. More Whole Farm Planning for Women Farmers information. Additional Notice: We are recruiting one experienced farmer (with 10 or more years of farm management experience) to serve as mentor for Whole Farm Planning course participants. If you or someone you know is interested in serving as a mentor, please contact Jessie Schmidt for more information or submit a mentor application.

Introduction to Ag Financial Management

For all farmers interested in farm financial basics.
Next Session: February 2015. More information coming in September 2014

Learn the basics of budgeting and skills to anticipate the financial needs of your operation. Participants will complete balance sheets, income statements and cash flow statements. Offered simultaneously at multiple location in Vermont. More course information and registration materials.

Taking Stock

For people with five or more years in business.
Next Session: TBA

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 $35 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 $35 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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