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“Exploring the Small Farm Dream” course offered by MDAR

November 13 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$100

Attention Aspiring or Beginning Farmers!

There are still spots available in the Fall Exploring the Small Farm Dream course offered by MDAR

 

When: Tuesdays 6pm-9pm, November 13th to December 11th, in Sudbury MA at the Sudbury Grange.

This 5-week course, developed by The New England Small Farm Institute, is designed to guide aspiring farmers through the decision-making process of starting a farm business in Massachusetts.  Participants will assess their skills and knowledge related to starting a farm and running a business, clarify their farming vision, and analyze the feasibility of their idea.  It includes 4 classes and a farmer panel to help answer questions that participants have about the realities of farming.  Cost is $100 per enterprise.  *Applications will be accepted on a First Come First Serve basis until the course is filled.* A western MA course is being planned for late winter.

Email applications to: Deanna Levanti at BeginningFarmerCoordinator@gmail.com

This course is offered and subsidized by MDAR’s Agricultural Business Training Program.

In this course you will:

 Test the feasibility of your idea before you invest

 Evaluate self-employment and the suitability of an agricultural lifestyle

 Investigate markets for your proposed product or service

 Identify regulations that will impact your planned enterprises

 Understand the unique risks associated with agriculture

 Determine your financial break-even date

 Evaluate the realistic contribution you can expect from this piece of your livelihood

 Test whether others share your vision and want to join/support you in this pursuit

 Anticipate threats to your success

 Decide what’s next in order to a) get going now, b) do more preparation or c) avoid a big mistake!

Details

Date:
November 13
Time:
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost:
$100
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Website:
https://www.mass.gov/service-details/agricultural-business-training-program-abtp

Venue

Sudbury, MA