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Rutland, VT, 05701
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Taking Stock a UVM Extension New Farmer Project class


This class is for people with 5 or more years of experience operating a farm business.

Dates: March 13, 20 & 27 2013.VT New Farmer Locations: On farms in Chittenden County. Time: 10 am to 3 pm. Early registration deadline: February 20, 2013, Cost: $100. Registration deadline: March 1, Cost: $135

Cost: $100-$135 For more information: Jessie Schmidt.

Once a farm business is established, new challenges arise. Chances are your original plan has required some adjustments along the way. Farm businesses must adjust to shifts in the market place, and to changes in the personal lives of the owners. The birth of a child, death of a loved one, the need to relocate and change business relationships are just some of the reasons to reexamine how we manage our businesses and plan for the future.

Taking Stock leads participants through a progress check, allowing each individual to assess how the farm is supporting his or her personal, financial and business goals.

Topics include:

  • re-visioning, updating the plan & setting new goals;
  • instituting policies & procedures;
  • cash management & investing in the business;
  • refining owner/manager roles; and
  • supervising employees.

Participants are expected to select a project that will help them achieve a goal within their business to work on during the course. Classes will be held on farms and each class will include a farm tour.

Registration discounts are available for people who have completed Growing Places and who register by the early registration deadline.  Scholarships are available.  For more information and to register visit and click on "Classes."  You can also email or call Jessie Schmidt at newfarmer@uvm.edu802-223-2389 x 203.

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Jessie Schmidt at 802-223-2389 x203 or 866-860-1382 by March 1, 2013, so we may assist you. University of Vermont Extension, and U.S. Department of Agriculture, cooperating, offer education and employment to everyone without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or familial status. "UVM Extension helps individuals and communities put research-based knowledge to work."