Exploring the Small Farm Dream
The Countryside Conservancy introduced Exploring the Small Farm Dream to Ohio and the Midwest in 2006. This highly regarded business short course was developed by the New England Small Farms Institute, and extensively tested in many contexts from New England to Virginia.
In this four-session course you will set personal and farming goals, assess available resources, determine if farming as a business is right for you, and develop an action plan to guide next steps. Along the way you will take a close look at the realities of working for yourself, in particular what it will take to own and manage a successful agricultural venture.
Who Should Attend
If you are thinking about starting an agricultural business, this course is designed for you. This includes people thinking about full-time farming, farming part-time while continuing other employment, changing careers to start a farm, taking over an existing family farm business, and/or developing an existing but informal agricultural pastime into a more serious business activity. Established farmers who are re-strategizing their businesses have also benefited from the course. This is not a business plan writing course, but the pre-course to that venture.
If you are interested in taking this course, click here to be notified of the next available offering.
Dates & Time
Fall Session Offering:
November 4, 11,18 & 25 from 6 - 9 pm
**This session is FULL. Please click here to be added to the waiting list.**
$100 for one individual; $150 for two people working on the same business idea. Fee includes a workbook and additional handout materials.
1 Scholarship available for high school or college student interested in farming as a career. Volunteer service required. Contact Heather Roszczyk if interested.
If you would like information about an upcoming session, please contact us.