ITHACA, N.Y. — Enroll in Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming’s Grow Your Farm Business Course, which includes presentations, activities and farmer panels aimed at teaching students the core pieces of planning a farm business. Session topics include goal setting, assessing financial feasibility, justice in your business plan, marketing, and more in order to create a business plan! Also hear about resource opportunities from local and Federal farm support agencies.
The course is designed as a 10-week intensive, however, sessions are also available for individual enrollment.
Students enrolled in the 10-week intensive gain access to individual business guidance and consultation from course instructors, develop a strong farmer to farmer network, have the opportunity to present the business plan developed in this course to instructors and peers. New this year! Graduates of the series may be eligible to enroll in a 3:1 matched savings program offered in partnership with Alternatives Federal Credit Union.
Grow Your Farm Business is taught by a team of business instructors, farmers and social justice leaders. Check online to learn more about this year’s instructors and course schedule.
Register by January 2nd at https://groundswellcenter.org/
Thank you to the generous sponsors of this Course! Farm Credit East and Alternatives Federal Credit Union
The 10-week series includes the following sessions:
January 16: Introduction to Farm Business Planning: Why Farm in the Finger Lakes?, Legalities, and Logistics
January 23: Goal Setting & Holistic Management Approach
January 30: Financial I: Accounting Basics and Financial Feasibility
February 6: Financial II: Financial Management, Budgets, and Funding Sources
February 13: Farmer Panel
February 20: Justice in Your Farm Business
February 27: Branding and Writing a Marketing PlanMarch 6: Marketing Channels and Marketing on Social Media
March 13: A Storytelling Approach to Building an Enterprise Budget
March 20: Farm Business Student Presentations
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