University of Vermont

Vermont New Farmer Project Vermont New Farmer Project

Classes: Growing Places—For aspiring farmers and start-ups

Upcoming Sessions

Fall 2014 In Person Session

Dates: Thursdays, 5:30-8:30 pm, October 2, 9, 16 & 23 in Berlin, VT
Early registration: $110; Deadline: September 14, 2014
Standard registration: $150; Deadline: September 25, 2015.
Registrations received after September 25 will be subject to a $50 late fee.

Winter 2015 Online Session

Dates: Jan 12- Feb 9, 2015
Early registration: $110; Deadline: Dec. 1, 2014
Standard registration: $150; Deadline: Dec. 21, 2014.
Registrations received after Dec. 21 will be subject to a $50 late fee.

About Growing Places

Growing Places is co-sponsored by the New Farmer Project and the Women's Agricultural Network.

Growing Places is designed for individuals:

  • who are considering starting an agriculture or natural resource based business, but who aren't sure where to start.

Growing Places is designed to help participants:

  • develop a comprehensive goal statement which will help in the business planning process
  • explore and evaluate opportunities and resources
  • become familiar with state and federal agriculture programs

Growing Places is organized into six modules, each addressing a different aspect of business development. Each session pulls in experts in that particular topic area to give depth to the lecture, discussion, and hands-on exercises that make up the course format. Farmer guest speakers and panelists are an important component, and by sharing their experiences with the group, offer a much appreciated realistic perspective.

The in person class will be offered simultaneously in multiple locations in Vermont, with an on-site instructor at each location. The online session is open to anyone with an Internet connection and uses the Blackboard platform.

Detailed information about the Growing Places curriculum is available at the Women's Agricultural Network (WAgN) website. Session information and the link to the registration form are also available at the WAgN site.

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.

Growing Places classes sessions are made possible in part by funding from the USDA Risk Management Agency.

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