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
|When:||Evenings, 6 - 9pm
Plans are underway for a February and March offering.
plus an optional weekend-day farm tour! Date TBA.
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|Payment Plan:||Payment options are available. Please contact NOFA-NJ.|
|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.|
Registration: Closed until next session.
Please contact the NOFA-NJ office (908-371-1111) to reserve a spot in the next offering, or fill out the form below to be notified when the next class has been scheduled.