Farm Business Planning with Groundswell

  • Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming will offer the 5 th Annual Farm Business Planning Course, a 9-session course for people in the early- to mid-stages of developing an agricultural business. The course is taught by a team of farmer educators, social justice activists, and farm business instructors, including CCE-Tompkins’ educators Monika Roth and Matt LeRoux.

Course is offered on (9) Tuesdays 6:00-9:00pm from January 9 – March 6, 2018.

The course covers topics including: setting appropriate goals, matching production to market strategy, assessing feasibility, basic financial and accounting concepts, the legalities of farming, and sources of financing. Woven into the course are topics of equity and justice in the food system, including examples of realistic ways to approach these within the scope of your business model. A brief overview of services available from regional farm development providers will also be shared in the course including Alternatives Federal Credit Union small business program, Farm Credit East loan options, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services and Farm Service Agency programs.

To successfully complete this class, students should have at least one year of hands-on production experience, a clear business concept in progress, enough time to fully commit to an intensive 9-week course requiring outside research and homework. Student are not required to 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 financing and loans.

The Instructors:

Leslie Ackerman (Business Consultant), Monika Roth (Ag Program Leader, CCE ), Matt LeRoux (Ag Marketing Specialist, CCE ), Amanda David (Rootwork Herbals), Alan Gandelman (Main Street Farms), Erica Frenay (Cornell Small Farms, Shelterbelt Farm) , Rafael Aponte (Youth Farm Project Director, Rocky Acres Farm ) and Kate Cardona (Groundswell Equity and Outreach Coordinator).

To Register:  Visit http://groundswellcenter.org/farmertraining/businessplanning/ for details.

If you have questions about the course please contact liz@groundswellcenter.org or call 607-319-5095.


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Elizabeth Gabriel
Groundswell Executive Director
(607) 319-5095


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