University of Vermont

Vermont New Farmer Project Vermont New Farmer Project

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

Upcoming Sessions

Location: Online.
Dates: March 13, 2017-April 10, 2017
Early Registration through March 5; Cost: $100.
Standard registration: Beginning March 6. Cost: $150

Register here.

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Beth Holtzman at 802-476-2003 by February 20.

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 and industry guest speakers are an important component of the course. By sharing their experiences -- via webinars and video clips - they bring a much appreciated realistic perspective on starting and growing agricultural businesses.

The online session is open to anyone with an Internet connection. In 2017, it will be hosted on the eXtension Moodle platform. It will include a short (30-45 minute) live session via the Zoom webinar platform. These sessions will be recorded so that participants who are unable to make the live session can view the recording at their convenience.

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.

This session of Growing Places is made possible in part by funding from the USDA Risk Management Agency.

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