2015 Farm Business Planning Course


Every Thursday, 6 - 9pm

January 15th - March 19th


 In collaboration with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County and Alternatives Federal Credit Union’s Business CENTS Program, the Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming will once again offer an intensive Farm Business Planning Course in the winter of 2015. 


This course is for the serious beginning farmer who needs a plan. It is also appropriate for established farmers who want to improve their business planning and management skills. Ten weekly sessions cover all major aspects of the farm business planning process, including assessing your resources; legal and regulatory issues; production planning; marketing; financial feasibility, budgets and record keeping; and more. 

The course is designed for those who: 

  • Have at least one year of hands-on farming experience
  • Have a clear business concept and expect to get started within one year, or are in already in business;
  • Can fully commit to an intensive ten-week course with substantial outside research and homework.



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Groundswell's mission

Groundswell's mission is to engage diverse learners and empower them with skills, knowledge and access to resources so they can build sustainable land-based livelihoods and equitable local food systems.  We provide practical and applicable experience-based education and business incubation through a network of successful local farms and partner organizations. The result we seek is successful entry into and growth of our local food and farming systems. 

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Groundswell is an initiative of the EcoVillage Center for Sustainability Education, a project of the Center for Transformative ActionGroundswell is supported by USDA's Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Grant #2010-49400-21799; the Appalachian Regional Commission; Park Foundation; and by the generous donations of individual and business supporters. To find out how you can support our work, call 607-319-5095.