LACONIA, N.H. — This 13-week course introduces new and potential farmers and growers to concepts and practices which will help their farm business succeed. Students will learn how to define and set goals, assess potential farm sites, keep records, develop financial projections, understand financing and insurance options, and marketing. Throughout the course of the class, as homework, students will apply principles learned to their future businesses. Participants will also learn about UNH Cooperative Extension, state agencies and other agriculture service providers in New Hampshire. This course meets the USDA Farm Service Agency borrower training requirement.
This course will be offered completely online this year and will begin August 4. Each week the class will meet in a live online session on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 7:30 pm. Live sessions will include discussions with a farmer, agricultural service providers, or educational presentations. Prior to each session, participants will be required to view online lectures, attend virtual farm tours, read fact sheets, and contribute to online discussions within a small cohort of the class. Cohorts will be led by an Extension team member, and the group will complete assignments as a group to better understand and apply the concepts to build an agriculture business.
Registration cost is $250 per person or $450 for two people from the same farm business. Scholarships are available by contacting Jonathan Ebba at firstname.lastname@example.org or (603) 641-6060 for consideration.
For more information, including registration go to https://extension.unh.edu/events/new-farmer-school-2020. Please contact Kelly McAdam at email@example.com or (603) 527-5475 with questions.
–UNH Cooperative Extension, Belknap County
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