ITHACA, N.Y. — Are you thinking about starting a small farm? Do you already have a farm that you’re looking to expand? Invest in your professional development and you’ll see the returns in your business.
Registration is now open for the Cornell Small Farms Program’s suite of online courses. Choose from more than 20 courses on a range of technical and business topics any farmer needs to succeed, now with tiered pricing! Based on household size and income, course pricing ranges from $199 – $299. Courses have also moved to a new, more user-friendly platform. Registrants will have permanent, year-round access to their course content.
The bulk of the course happens on your own time, with discussions, readings, and assignments in Teachable, our online course platform. To add to the experience, webinars will be woven into the interface of the course for 6 weeks each year to allow you to meet on a weekly basis to learn from experienced farmers and extension educators and ask questions in real time. If you miss one, they are always recorded and posted for later viewing.
Live webinar content starts at the end of September for the first block of courses:
BF 101: Starting at Square One — So you’re thinking about starting a farm, but feeling overwhelmed by all the decisions? This course was designed to assist new and aspiring farmers in taking the first steps in thinking through farm start-up (whether you already have land access or not). http://bit.ly/2lXVUx7
BF 150: Farm Woodlot Management — Whether monetizing the effects of silvopasture, learning the logistics of cutting for firewood, tapping for maple syrup, or venturing into mushroom production, this online course will give you the tools necessary to tap into the potential profit of your woodlot. http://bit.ly/2ltYafp
BF 204: Quickbooks for Farmers — Are you a beginning farmer? Or are you a current farmer with the desire to switch to an online accounting system? Then our quick guide to Quickbooks is for you. Learn the software’s basic features, such as sales tax, inventory, invoicing, adjustments, and year-end procedures. http://bit.ly/2kqX1VC
Browse all of the course offerings on the Cornell Small Farms Program website, and register now: https://smallfarms.cornell.edu/online-courses/
— Cornell Small Farms Program