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Learn Ways to Boost Your Farm Business with Online Courses

Our current season of online courses is underway, and the last block of courses will start live content at the end of February. With two business courses, a grazing management course, soil health, and mushroom production, this is a great opportunity to learn before the growing season begins.

Did you know that we moved our suite of online courses to a new, more user-friendly platform? Now registrants have permanent, year-round access to their course content. Courses are offered with tiered pricing from $199 – $299, based on household size and income to make access to the courses more affordable and equitable for everyone.

Live webinar content starts at the end of February for our fourth block of courses:

Taking Care of Business

  • Wednesday: February 26 – April 1
  • Are you a trying to navigate the legalities of owning a farm? This course helps early stage farmers assess and manage a variety of risks that they will face, including the business, tax, and regulatory implications of your farm.

Soil Health

  • Tuesday: February 25 – March 31
  • The health and productivity of the soil forms the basis for any farm’s success, profitability, and ecological sustainability. Be a successful farmer by developing a holistic approach to preserving and building soil health and fertility through this course.

Indoor Mushroom Production

  • Tuesday: February 25 – March 31
  • Mushrooms are an emerging niche crop and can easily be grown. This course trains new and experienced farmers in the background, techniques, marketing and economics of farm scale indoor commercial production.

Writing a Business Plan

  • Monday: February 24 – March 30
  • Arm yourself with a business plan and you will have a guide to aid your farm decision-making and demonstrate to yourself and your family that your ideas are feasible. This course is designed to help you build your plan, including developing financial statements.

Grazing Management

  • Thursday: February 27 – April 2
  • Grazing is more than simply turning livestock out onto a green pasture and hoping for the best. With sound grazing management, you can reduce workload, keep animals happier and healthier, and improve the overall productivity and profitability of your farm.

Our program offers more than 20 online courses to help farmers improve their technical and business skills. These courses cover a range of technical and business topics any farmer needs to succeed.

The bulk of the course happens on your own time, with discussions, readings, and assignments in Teachable, our online course platform. To add to the experience, webinars will be woven into the interface of the course for 6 weeks each year to allow you to meet on a weekly basis to learn from presenters and ask questions in real time. If you miss one, they are always recorded and posted for later viewing.

Kacey Deamer

Kacey Deamer

Kacey is the Cornell Small Farms Program’s communications specialist. In this role, she manages all storytelling and outreach across the program’s website, social media, e-newsletter, magazine and more. Kacey has worked in communications and journalism for more than a decade, with a primary focus on science and sustainability.
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