University of Vermont

Vermont New Farmer Project Vermont New Farmer Project

Classes: Taking Stock

For people with 5 or more years of experience operating a farm business.

Next session: We anticipate offering Taking Stock in late 2016 or early 2017

What Taking Stock Graduates Say:

"It forced me to really slow down and look into the different parts of my business as they had developed over the years and begin to evaluate how they contributed to the overall picture."

"It helped me break things down . . . into goals, tasks to meet those goals, and ways to measure success -- that I would never take the time to do on my own. I have found that every time I have done that . . . we have met those goals."

Taking Stock is designed for farmers with 5 or more years of production experience. 

At some point every farmer has to acknowledge that the business has undergone some unexpected changes. Those changes may be the result of new learning, family obligations, changes in land tenure, emerging market opportunities or increased competition. Whatever the catalyst, your business will likely need some reframing and re-strategizing to get back in sync with your life. Taking Stock leads participants through a process of re-envisioning the business—looking back and planning forward. This class will prepare you for the challenges of the next phase of business development.

Topics covered will include:

  • Does your farm business vision still fit your life;
  • The role of policies & procedures in the maturing business;
  • Approaches to cash management and what the numbers can tell you;
  • Incorporating employees into the farm business.

Participants will be encouraged to select a project that will help them achieve a goal within their business to work on during the course.

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.

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