Classes: Growing Places
For aspiring farmers and start-ups.
Learn more about Growing Places
In Person Session:
Dates: October 9, 16, 23 & 30.
Time: 5:30-8:30 pm
Locations: Berlin, Morrisville and Brattleboro.
Early registration deadline: Sept. 21, 2012. Cost $100.
Registration deadline: Oct. 3, 2012. Cost: $135.
The in person session will be offered simultaneously in multiple locations in Vermont, with an on-site instructor at each location.
Dates: Jan.-Feb. 2013.
The online session will be offered through the Blackboard distance learning platform as an asynchronous course. There will be opportunities to participate in live webinars as well.
Early registration deadline: Dec. 14, 2012, Cost: $100
Registration deadline: December 28, 2012, Cost: $135
Registration discounts are available for people who register by the early registration deadline.
Growing Places was developed to assist individuals in exploring the idea of starting a farm or other ag-related enterprise. It 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: Some individuals may be eligible for scholarships or financial aid through either the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation or the Vermont Farm Women's Fund.
Last modified November 28 2012 11:15 AM