farm planning for women greenhorns, vermont

posted October 17, 2013

2WWwomenlandWhole Farm Planning for Women Beginning Farmers

For women with two to 10 years in farm business management.

Where: Lamoille County, VT
Dates: Jan. 7, 21, Feb. 4, 18, March 11, 25, April 8, 22, May 6, 20, 2014. (snow date March 18)
Time: 9:30 am-4 pm
Application Deadline: Nov. 15, 2013
Fees: $150-$500

Online Application

For more information: Jessie Schmidt.
UVM Extension Women’s Ag Network and the Vermont New Farmer Project will be offering Whole Farm Planning for Beginning Women Farmers for the fifth year, through a grant to Holistic Management International from the USDA Beginning Farmer & Rancher Development Program.  This course was developed for women farmers with 2-10 years experience managing a farm business.

The course will cover a wide range of topics including how to create a values-based farm mission, improve leadership and communication skills and use management tools such as business planning and marketing strategies to increase farm profitability. Participants also will learn about the whole farm decision analysis process, time management, land and infrastructure planning, soil fertility and integration of livestock on the farm.

An experienced farm mentor will provide individual consultations throughout the course. In addition, there will be plenty of opportunities to network with other women with similar goals and concerns and learn how they handle challenges in their operations.

Applications for this course are now being accepted through November 15.  Space is limited to 17 qualified participants.  Full and partial scholarships are available to cover the registration fee, which is on a sliding scale of $150 to $500. An online application form may be found at www.uvm.edu/newfarmer. Click on “Classes.”

For additional information and questions, contact Jessie Schmidt, 802-223-2389 x203, newfarmer@uvm.edu.  To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Jessie Schmidt at 802-223-2389×203 or 866-860-1382 by November 15, 2013 so we may assist you.

University of Vermont Extension, and U.S. Department of Agriculture, cooperating, offer education and employment to everyone without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or familial status.

Jessie Schmidt
Coordinator for Community & Agriculture Programs

UVM Extension
617 Comstock Road, Suite 5
Berlin, VT  05602-9194

Phone:  802-223-2389 extension 203
or tollfree: 866-860-1382 extension 203
Fax:    802-223-6500
E-mail: jessica.a.schmidt@uvm.edu
www.uvm.edu/extension