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From Farm Business Planning to Production Strategies, Learn with Us in the New Year

Our online course season is almost halfway through, and now’s the time to register for our upcoming block three courses which begin in the new year. This block of courses includes our new offering on access to capital, plus farm business courses and production courses covering beekeeping, mushrooms, sheep and more.

Our suite of online courses is offered on a user-friendly platform, which grants registrants permanent access to their course content. Also, courses have tiered pricing based on household size and income to make access to the courses more affordable and equitable for everyone.

Registration is now open for , with live instruction starting in January 2022 for our third block of courses.


Mondays: January 10 – February 14, 2022

It can be very difficult to navigate the process of getting grants or loans, especially if you did not come to farming with a background in finance. This new course will cover the various aspects of seeking funding for a farm enterprise.

 

Thursdays: January 13 – February 17, 2022

Have an idea for a farm enterprise but not sure if it’s feasible? This course will help you explore the potential markets and profitability of your ideas, picking up where (not a prerequisite) left off.

 

Mondays: January 10 – February 14, 2022

Pigs can be a profitable stand-alone enterprise, or can be integrated into an existing farm structure, as they provide a variety of products and are also ideal for turning agricultural wastes into valuable products. This course will guide you through the production and marketing of pigs raised in pasture settings.

 

Tuesdays: January 11 – February 15, 2022

If you’ve been struggling to make your farm operation profitable without driving yourself into the ground, this financial planning course is for you. You will learn how to make financial decisions toward farm and family values and goals.

 

Thursdays: January 13 – March 3, 2022

Whether you are currently keeping honey bees or are considering them for your farm, a basic knowledge of bee biology, diseases, pests, and setting up your colony are essential for success. This 8-week course will give you real-world experiences paired with academic concepts.

 

Tuesdays: January 11 – February 15, 2022

Adding weeks to your growing season can mean attaining a premium for having products available well before (or long after) other local growers. This course will introduce you to unheated plastic-covered “high tunnels,” covering cost, management and more.

 

Thursdays: January 13 – February 17, 2022

Have sheep or thinking about getting a flock? Producers of all experience levels will find something for them in this lively, wide-ranging course. There is no one right way to raise sheep — this course covers many of these different options.

 

Thursdays: January 13 – February 17, 2022

Are you struggling with questions like what do hashtags do, how to start selling online, are webpages still useful, and more? This new, 5-week course is designed to improve your understanding of social media, online marketing ideas, and tools that may increase sales and increase awareness about your business.

 

Wednesdays: January 12 – February 16, 2022

This course continues where (not a prerequisite) ends, covering vegetable production from transplanting to harvest, including: in-season fertility, integrated pest management, weed control, harvesting, and marketing.

 

Tuesdays: January 11 – February 15, 2022

With a bit of practice, mushrooms can be easily grown in the woods on many products. This course trains new and experienced farmers in the background, techniques, and economics of farm-scale woodland mushroom production.

 

Mondays: January 10 – February 14, 2022

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.


Our program offers more than two dozen online courses. These courses cover a range of topics any farmer needs to succeed, such as , , , , and so much more. Experienced farmers and extension educators guide students through course content, including weekly live webinars, videos, and resources.

New additions to our online course suite this year include for anyone seeking funding for a farm enterprise, and which offers an introduction to the business of flower farming. Last year we had also added a 4-week intensive in how can help you monitor its health, a course on and a primer on for your farm business.

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 a dedicated time slot 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.

You can browse all of our on our website. You can learn more about our courses, including answers to common questions, on our .

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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