Farm Business Planning Courses


Developing your Farm or Food Business

Tuesdays, January 24th, 31st, February 7th, 14th, 21st, 6:00-9:00 PM
Ithaca, NY 14850
Fee: $150

This 5-session course is specifically for people in the early stages of developing a farm or food business.  Whether you are just launching your business or have been operating a few years and want to become more strategic in how you move forward, expand and increase viability.

This course covers:

  • The local farm and food sector including unmet needs, opportunities and niche markets.
  • Equity issues and justice in the food system including examples of realistic ways to approach these within the scope of your business model.
  • Experience from farm and food entrepreneurs about business startup and lessons learned.
  • Tools for business assessment, strategic planning, understanding liabilities and legalities.
  • Setting business goals and taking stock of resources and progress to date.
  • Accounting and financial planning concepts and tools
  • Develop a marketing plan and marketing channels.

Instructors: Leslie Ackerman, independent Business Consultant formerly with the CFCU Business Cents program; Matt LeRoux, Cooperative Extension Agriculture Marketing Specialist; Monika Roth, Cooperative Extension Agriculture Program Leader; Kate Cardona, Groundswell Center Outreach and Program Coordinator; regional farm and food business entrepreneurs, other visiting experts  The course will be facilitated by Mary Kate Wheeler, Groundswell Center Board Member.

Location:  All classes will be held at the Just BeCause Center located at 1013 West State St. in Ithaca starting at 6 PM until 9 PM.

Fee: $150. Tuition assistance available; see contact info. below.


STEP 1Register online  or come by the Groundswell Center office, 225 S Fulton Street, Ithaca.

STEP 2Pay Tuition here or mail a check to our office, made out to CTA – Groundswell. Note: If tuition assistance is needed, contact the email below and do not make a payment at this time.

Questions about the course, please contact or call 607-319-5095.