Exploring the Small Farm Dream

a short course developed in cooperation with the New England Small Farm Institute

How do you begin a vegetable CSA, a goat’s milk dairy, herbal tea business, pick-your-own orchard, or pastured poultry operation?

If you are considering launching a small farm enterprise, but are unsure of where to start, this course is for you! For career changers looking to the next frontier, for farm apprentices considering a start-up, or for a hobbyist looking to become profitable, the Explorer class is intended to bridge the gap between ideas and action.

The course’s goal is to help aspiring farmers learn what it will require to start and manage their own profitable agricultural enterprise, and to decide if this is a path they really want or can take. Participants will discuss current opportunities in small-scale agriculture, explore objectives, assess personal skills and financial resources, conduct preliminary market research, and develop an action plan for pursuing their interests in food and farming.

What to Expect:

  • Guidance to the information you need to develop a successful farming plan 
  • Interviews with farmers and visits to farms - see the dreams made into reality 
  • Self-assessment, research and class discussion, which are central to the course
  • Connection with others interested in farming 
It is important to note that this course will not teach you how to farm. Through facilitated independent study, aspiring farmers take the opportunity to explore their farm business ideas and clarify next steps.

Course Details:


Four evenings, 6 - 9 PM.
The next session has not been scheduled yet! We generally offer this course once per year.
plus an optional weekend-day farm tour! Date TBA.

Location Central Jersey

Registration:    $300 - NOFA-NJ Members   |   $350 - Non-Members

Payment Plan:   Payment options are available.  Please contact NOFA-NJ.
Discounts:  If two NOFA-NJ members from the same farm or family membership register together, the second person receives a 50% discount on registration!  Contact NOFA-NJ for details. 

Refund Policy:  Please review NOFA-NJ's Cancellation Policy*Exception: requests for refunds are only available up to two (2) weeks before a scheduled program.
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