Farm Business Planning Course

This course is designed for serious beginning farmers who need some guidance on how to start planning a farm business. Established farmers who want to improve their business operations will also benefit from this course.

Matt LeRoux, Ag. Marketing Specialist of Cornell Cooperative Extension, discussing how to create marketing goals with beginning farmers.
Matt LeRoux, Ag. Marketing Specialist of Cornell Cooperative Extension, discussing how to create marketing goals with beginning farmers.

Students in this class are expected to have at least one year of hands-on farming experience; a clear business concept in progress or ready to launch within a year; enough time to fully commit to an intensive 10-week course requiring substantial outside research and homework.

It is not a requirement that students own land or have the financial resources to buy land: this course will explore opportunities to lease land for farming in the Tompkins County area, and to find farm loans through commercial/agriculture lenders or through local “Slow Money” investors.

This is NOT an online course. However access to a computer for homework and enterprise planning is required.

(If you’re interested in learning how to start a farm business but don’t have the necessary experience for this course, check out the Farming Basics section.)

Farm Business Planning Course Information

Dates: 2017 TBA

2016 Class Schedule and Topics (Subject to Change for 2017)

Jan 14 Orientation, Setting Your Goals
Jan 21 Planning Your Farm Enterprise Start-Up
Jan 28 Accounting Basics & Financial Feasibility
Feb 4 Marketing Basics & Strategy Development
Feb 11 Reality Check with Farmers
Feb 18 Financial Statements and Sources of Funding
Feb 25 Creating a Marketing Plan / Farm Record-keeping
Mar 3 Farm Business Legalities and Logistics / Farm Loan Services
Mar 10 Final Projects –Student Business Plan Presentations
Mar 17 Final Projects –Student Business Plan Presentations

If you have questions contact Devon Van Noble at info@groundswellcenter.org.