Grow Your Farm Knowledge with Our Final Block of Online Courses this Winter

Our current season of online courses is underway, and the fourth and final block of courses will start live content at the end of February. With courses on farm business, grazing management, tree fruit production, and more, this is a great opportunity to learn before the growing season begins.

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 open for all courses, with live content starting at the end of February for our final block of courses.

Taking Care of Business​

Mondays, February 26 – April 1

Are you 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.


Farm Strategies for Farmer Well-Being

Tuesdays, February 27 – April 2

When your farm is organized, it runs more efficiently and reduces your risk of burnout. Draw from Holistic Management and other farm-tested tools to build a plan that moves you towards your future goals while establishing a manageable farm operation now.


Growing Uncommon Fruit

Tuesdays, February 27 – April 2

From site selection and ecosystem expansion to marketing and profit potential, determine whether incorporating uncommon fruit into your operation is the right fit for your farm or forest.


Tree Fruit Scouting

Wednesdays, February 28 – March 27

Effective pest management is essential for orchard health and production of a successful crop. Routine monitoring and scouting are required to identify pest activity and managing pests must be conducted efficiently to be economically viable.


Grazing Management

Thursdays, February 29 – April 4

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.


Introduction to Tree Fruit Production

Thursdays, February 29 – April 4

Tree fruit are an important component of the agricultural and homeowner landscape. This course trains beginning tree fruit growers in fundamental concepts in orchard planning and management.


Social Media & Online Marketing

Thursdays, February 29 – April 4

Which online tools and strategies will attract customers, broaden awareness of your business, and increase sales? This course provides real-life, practical ideas and explanations to help you build a successful online presence, grow your customer base, and sell more product.

Our program offers nearly three dozen online courses to help farmers improve their technical and business skills. These courses cover a range of topics any farmer needs to succeed. Experienced farmers, extension educators, and agriculture service providers guide students through course content, including weekly live webinars, videos, and resources.

New additions to our online course suite include “Growing Uncommon Fruit,” which will help you determine whether incorporating uncommon fruit into your operation is the right decision for you, “Tree Fruit Scouting” on effective pest management, and “Farm Strategies for Farmer Well-Being” on strategies to make your farm feel more manageable.

In addition to new courses, we are expanding our Spanish-first online course offerings with our “BF 101: Cómo Iniciar su Negocio Agrícola,” “BF 102: Mercados y Rentabilidad,” and more coming soon.

Our growing team of online course instructors includes experienced farmers, extension educators, and agriculture service providers. 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 course offerings on our website. You can learn more about our courses, including answers to common questions, on our course FAQ.

Kacey Deamer

Kacey is the Communications Manager for the Cornell Small Farms Program. 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.