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...Explore Your Dream here.
Katie Myers-Griffith, is the Countryside Conservancy’s Farmland Programs Coordinator. She joined the Countryside Conservancy in September of 2008. Katie received her B.A. in Planning from Cleveland State University. Before working at the Conservancy, Katie was a conservation planner for the Wayne County Commissioners in Wooster, Ohio. She worked with rural townships on comprehensive plans, assisted farmers in applying for State funded land programs, administered the local trail enhancement projects, served on the Wayne County AG Success Team, and worked with the Wayne Economic Development Center to secure the first tax abatement for an agricultural operation in the State. Katie grew up on a jersey dairy and produce farm in Lorain County and now operates Jackpot Farms in Shreve with her husband Chad, and sons, Isaac 17, Jacob 15, and Gavin 8.
Dates & Time
Summer Session: Mondays in July 2013:
July 8, 15, 22, and 29 from 6 - 9 pm
$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 Katie Myers-Griffith if interested.
Click the link at the top, left-hand column of this page to register. If you would like information about an upcoming session, please contact us.