Plan for Success – Learn Farm Finance Planning this Winter

Farm Finances Got You Down? Learn to Plan for Profit This January The old joke goes, “Know how to make a small fortune in farming? Start with a large one.” For many farmers this hits too close to home to be funny. Whether you’re just getting started or have been farming for a while, the Cornell Small Farms Program is offering two online courses this January to give you the confidence and tools to take control of your farm finances. BF... Read More

CSA Legal Practices Online Webinar

Beginning farmers – here is a free class for those interested in learning more about the legal aspects of running a CSA: Building the Base of Your CSA: Legal Best Practices, Including Member, Volunteer, and Intern Agreements Monday, December 10th, 2012 from 6-7:30pm, Central   Do you have a CSA program or are you planning to start one? Would you like guidance on how legal documents can help you achieve your CSA goals?    Farmers are invited... Read More

New! Online Course De-Mystifies Organic Certification

While many small farmers use “all-natural” or “sustainable” practices, going the distance to certify your farm as organic–with the paperwork, annual inspection, and expense required–often feels like an overwhelming step. But for many farmers, the price premium received would increase profits. What do you need to do to become certified organic? Is it worth it for your farm? Do your practices qualify, or would you... Read More

New Online Resource on Acquiring Farmland

One of the biggest challenges facing farmers—especially beginning farmers—is access to land.  A new online course by Land for Good called “Acquiring Your Farm” aims to teach beginning farmers how to go about purchasing their own land.  It offers lessons about various topics including financial assessment, farmland ownership, and tips on communication and negotiation. What’s the starting point?  The course begins by talking about the basics... Read More