University of Vermont

Course Helps Farmers Reframe and Re-Strategize Their Business

Rutland--Taking Stock, a three-session course offered in Rutland this winter, offers agricultural business owners an opportunity to re-evaluate and re-envision their business by updating their business plans, adopting new policies and procedures and making decisions to achieve future goals.

This University of Vermont (UVM) Extension New Farmer Project course is being offered in collaboration with the Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL). The classes take place on Nov. 11, Dec. 9 and Jan. 13 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Rutland.

The deadline for registration is Oct. 27. The fee is 150, $110 if paid by Oct. 13. Registrations received after Oct. 27 will be charged a $25 late fee. Financial aid is available for qualified applicants.

To register online, go to Click on "Classes," then "Taking Stock." To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, please contact Jessie Schmidt at (802) 223-2389, ext. 203, or (866) 860-1382 (toll-free in Vermont) by Oct. 27.

Geared to farm business owners who have been managing their operations for five years or more, the course will help participants examine their progress and whether their initial vision for their farm business still fits their current situation. Topics include cash management strategies, business plans, refining owner and manager roles, incorporating employees into the business and future investments in the farm business. All participants are asked to choose a project to work on during class to help them achieve a specific business goal.

For more information about other upcoming courses include Building a Sustainable Business (December 2013), Whole Farm Planning for Beginning Women Farmers (January 2014), Growing Places (January 2014) and Introduction to Ag Financial Management (February 2014), visit or send an e-mail to