There are a couple of spaces left in the upcoming Whole Farm Planning for Beginning Women Farmers class for 2015. The registration deadline has been extended to December 5th. More about the class:
This class can be a good option for beginning farmers with 2-3 years experience who may not be eligible for farm viability services but are considering the next steps in their farm's growth. Past participants say the class helped them build a solid foundation for developing farm businesses that match their values and quality of life goals.
Our lead instructor for the 10-session class will be Calley Hastings, certified holistic management educator and co-owner of Fat Toad Farm in Brookfield, VT. The class will be held in Berlin, VT and on nearby farms in Central Vermont.
Session topics include: Creating a Values-based Farm Mission; Whole Farm Decision Analysis Process; Increasing Farm Profitability (Gross Profit Analysis; Enterprise Analysis), Business Planning, Marketing, Soil Fertility, Time Management, Land and Infrastructure Planning, Leadership and Communication Skills, and Integrating Livestock on the Farm.
Full and partial scholarships are available to cover the registration fee, which is on a sliding scale of $150 to $500.
(Also, just a heads up that this is the last year of this grant-funded program- it is not clear whether this class will be offered again.)