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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 title or links for each class to learn more about topics covered. Or, view the quick guide to our class offerings

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
Wednesdays Dec. 3 & 17, 2014 and January 7, & 21, 2015. (January 28 snow date), 12:30-2 pm, simultaneously in Berlin, VT and online.

The Building a Sustainable Business course guides participants through developing a business plan for farm businesses. This class is designed for people who have completed Growing Places and/or who have at least one year of commercial production experience and production/financial records of their own. 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.

2015 session: Tuesdays, Jan. 13, 27, Feb. 3, 10, March 3, 24, April 7, 21, May 5, 19, 2015. (snow date March 10) in Washington County, VT. (Schedule updated 9/18/2014)

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 Heidi Krantz for more information or submit a mentor application.

Introduction to Ag Financial Management

For all farmers interested in farm financial basics.
Next Session: Wednesdays, Feb. 4, 11, 18 (snow date Feb. 25) in Berlin and Rutland, VT.

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 locations in Vermont. More course information and registration materials.

Taking Stock

For people with five or more years in business.
Next Session: We anticipate offering Taking Stock again in late 2015 or early 2016

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.

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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