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Exploring the Small Farm Dream Course
January 19 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
January 12 – February 9, 2023 Thursday evenings 6:00pm – 9:00pm
MDAR offices, Southborough, MA
This 5-session course provides guidance to aspiring farmers through the decision-making process of whether to start a farm business. Participants will learn about the many aspects of starting a farm business, assess their own skills and knowledge, and get help finding resources for support, including marketing, financing, and regulations. The course utilizes the Exploring the Small Farm Dream curriculum and workbook developed by the New England Small Farm Institute. Through four guided group sessions and a farmer panel session, participants will analyze the feasibility of their small farm dream and clarify their vision together with other class participants. This course is sponsored and financially supported by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources and is intended for new agricultural entrepreneurs planning to start their farm business in Massachusetts. The fee, subsidized by MDAR, is $100 for up to two participants per enterprise, as space allows.
If interested, please complete the brief application found here: Exploring the Small Farm Dream and email it to Jessica.Camp@mass.gov, or mail a hard copy to: MDAR, Attn: Jessica Camp, 138 Memorial Ave, Suite 42, West Springfield, MA 01089. For more information, see ABTP program webpage or contact Jess at 617-823-0871.
Applications for these winter courses will be accepted until December 2, or until each course is full. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with course session locations selected based on interest from those on the waitlist. If you are interested, but unable to attend the current session, please consider submitting an application to be placed on the waitlist for an upcoming session.