Online Class Explores How to Start A Farm Business

Have you been nurturing an idea for a farm of your own?

New and established farmers can explore the possibilities and realities of owning or expanding an agricultural business through Growing Places, an course sponsored by the University of Vermont Women’s Agricultural Network and the eXtension Women in Agriculture Learning Network. Typically offered in the early winter (January-February) Growing Places helps individuals interested in starting a farm or ag-related business discover new ideas and decide on the best plan for success.

The four-week course provides an overview of issues associated with agricultural enterprises. Participants develop goals for themselves and their businesses, become more familiar with financing options, identify and evaluate available resources, examine marketing strategies, and explore agencies and organizations that provide support and assistance to farmers.

Each week features a 30- to 45-minute interactive webinar designed to supplement the online materials. Can’t make the live presentation? No problem, we will post the recording in the course website. Weekly assignments to help participants focus their ideas and explore the feasibility of their plans. For more detailed course description see our course outline.

The 2019 Winter session is currently full. Check back here for listings of future sessions.