Get Your Farm Off to the Right Start

Are you considering starting an agriculture or natural resource-based business, but are unsure where to start?

IMG_1246The New Farmer Project’s Growing Places course will help you explore an evaluate your options and learn about opportunities and resources. Offered both in-person (in October) and online (January 2015), Growing Places introduces participants to the goal-setting, resource assessment, marketing, and financial basics that are at the heart of successful and sustainable farm businesses.

“Growing Places gave me a good foundation for my business,” says one 2013 graduate, “and a lot of inspiration about how to think outside the box.”

“There are so many resources out there to help you start the kind of farm you want, and the class does a good job of bringing these resources to the potential farmer,” said another recent graduate.

high tunnel tourThe fall 2014 Growing Places class will be held in central Vermont on four Thursday evenings (Oct. 2, 9, 16 &23) from  from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. The first three classes will be held at the UVM Extension Classroom in Berlin, VT and the last session at Green Mountain Girls Farm in Northfield, VT.

The winter 2015 online session, which begins January 12, covers the same material and is a good option if travel time and/or family and job commitments make the in-person session difficult.

Pre-registration is required as space is limited. The registration fee is $150 per person, although there are discounts for early registration. Financial assistance is also available for qualified individuals.

Please register using the  New Farmer Project Online Registration form. After you are registered, we will send you directions to the class location (or logging in to the online session) and other pre-class information.

If you require accommodations to participate in the in-person program, please inform Heidi Krantz, heidi.krantz.1@uvm.edu or 802-223-2389, by Sept. 14, 2014 so we may assist you. If you require accommodations to participate in the online session, please contact Heidi by Dec. 22, 2014.

The course is sponsored by UVM Extension and by funding from the USDA Risk
Management Agency.

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About UVM New Farmer Project

The UVM Extension New Farmer Project draws together information and resources within Extension and the broader Vermont Agriculture community to assist new farmers in creating successful ag businesses.
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