University of Vermont

The Women's Agricultural Network

Classes: Growing Places

For aspiring farmers and start-ups.

Cost: $100-$135

Learn more about Growing Places

Summer 2013

Where: White River Junction
Dates: June 24, July 8 & 22 & Aug 5
Time: 5:30-8:30 pm
Early registration deadline: May 31; Cost: $100
Registration deadline: June 10; Cost: $135
Registration form

Fall 2013

Where: Burlington, VT
Dates: Oct. 8, 15, 22, & 29
Early registration deadline: Sept. 8, Cost: TBD
Registration deadline: Sept. 22, Cost: TBD
Registration form

Winter 2014

Where: Online
Dates: Jan 13- Feb 10, 2014
Early registration deadline: Dec. 1, 2013, Cost: TBD
Registration deadline: Dec. 13, 2013, Cost: TBD
Registration form

For more information: Jessie Schmidt.

About Growing Places

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.


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