Tag Archives: education

Growing a Business while Growing Up

With her prize-winning registered Border Leicester sheep flock, Lydia Smith is a beginning farmer to watch. Lydia’s business, Echo Ridge Flock, sells breeding stock, feeder lambs, raw fleeces, wool blankets, pelts and meat, and provides shearing services for other small … Continue reading

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Second Career Farmers Reveal Secrets

On average, people change careers three times in their lifetimes, and that’s not counting about ten different jobs across those careers. Whether through choice or circumstance, people are on the move to different employment opportunities, and it’s not surprising to find … Continue reading

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“Summer School” for Beginning Farmers

Summer is here, and if you’re an aspiring or new farmer, it’s a great time to learn from experienced producers around Vermont. Thanks to the organizing efforts of several farming organizations and networks — and farmers’ generosity with their time … Continue reading

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Financial and Business Education for Beginning Farms

If you are thinking about raising money for a new or expanding agricultural business, a good investment of your time is writing your business plan. What you’re aiming for is a clear and compelling document that spells out what you … Continue reading

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